Health workers’ programme pays dividends

National

By SHARLYNE ERI
THE up-skilling programme for community health workers at Mt Hagen Hospital started in 2012 has greatly improved their performance, midwife and training coordinator, Sr Jolly Kulimba says.
Kulimba who recently did an assessment on the programme said 47 health workers from the four districts of Western Highlands, including Jiwaka and Enga, had been trained.
She said both male and female health workers from the rural health facilities participated in the programme in the last five years.
“The visitations to several health facilities were very impressive, the up-skilled health workers were well organised with the skills and knowledge that they had acquired from the training,” she said.
Kulimba said through the assessment, a few health workers were selected to present their experiences which indicated that the major challenge faced was that women were still ignorant of the services that health workers provided.
“One problem that they are facing is that many mothers who are booked at the clinics are still delivering in their houses despite of the awareness conducted,” Kulimba said.
The assessment was done to determine the effectiveness of the health workers up-skilling programme which started in 2012.

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