US agency, ABUAD partner to help babies survive
A United States of America-based health and philanthropic institution, Project CURE, has entered into partnership with Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) for training of experts in new techniques to reduce child mortality, occasioned by lack of breathing first minute after birth.
The agency has trained medical workers of the University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) on new medical initiative tagged: ‘Helping a Baby Breathe’ that will make a baby survive seconds after delivery.
This is in addition to the donation of 300 sophisticated beds by Project Cure.
At the week-long training, the medical practitioners were trained by experts from Project Cure, worldly renowned for giving aids to individuals and nations to boost healthcare needs.
At a dinner organised by ABUAD for experts from the agency, Dr. Carlos Ramos and Dr. Lee Jones, last Friday, ABUAD’s founder, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), praised the agency’s President/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Douglas Jackson for believing in humanity.
He lamented that the menace of child and maternal mortality had rendered many children motherless and vice versa, owing to pervasive ignorance among Africans.
He said: “Project CURE has been of immense benefits to African nations. No fewer than 112 countries, including those in African continent, have been beneficiaries and ABUTH was a beneficiary of this benevolence, meant to tackle poor healthcare needs of the citizens.”
After presenting certificates to participants, Dr. Ramos said the first minute of a child after birth, called golden minute, was very crucial for the newborn’s survival, urging the experts to use the techniques to help a baby that did not initiate breathing from birth, to reduce child mortality in Nigeria.
He added: “Project CURE is committed to improving people’s wellbeing, which is why this partnership is going to be long term. This helping baby survive initiative is a crucial aspect of medicine
and goes along with making the mother survive during labour. The two are like Siamese twins.”
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