In partnership with Medical Tutors Limited, Riverine Communities Health and Development Organization (RIVCHO) carried out an Update course on Malaria which was sponsored by Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) for the heads of NPDC supported health facilities which are located in Erhoike, Omadino, Okpare, Otu Jeremi, Effurun – Otor, Ekakpamre, Ellu and Igbide.
The training which was facilitated by Riverine Community Health and Development Organization (RIVCHO) took place at Cyprian Hotel Ltd NPA Expressway Effurun, Delta State and was conducted from 14th to 16th June 2016 with a total of 28 participants in attendance.
Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) has as one of its main corporate social responsibility is the promotion of community health in its area of operation and a major component of the promotion of community health is the training and retraining of health care practitioners working in these areas.
The training is an update course on malaria which has been developed to enhance professional practices and teach medical practitioners current information on the causes, clinical representation, treatment and prevention of Malaria and other infections in Nigeria. It provided a comprehensive discussion on all aspects of malaria and evidence based approach to their management.
The overall goal of the training is to build the capacity of selected Health or Hospital Staff on the latest ways and methodology in managing malaria cases in children, pregnant women and adults, treatment and care.
During the training, participants learnt about various cases of malaria, malaria drug resistance and treatment failure, typhoid, meningitis and tetanus. Participatory methodology was used throughout the training thereby making it interactive in such a way that participants actively came up with ideas, asked questions and shared experiences.
Evaluation tools used included pre-training assessment; post-training assessment and assessment during the workshop for each of the presentations etc. Participants also had the opportunity to make their own self evaluation with a view of their discovering areas where they need to change and or improve.
Case study scenarios were presented to participants to brainstorm on related situations that could arise in the workplace. A Peer Review Session held during which best practices were discussed by all. The relevance of these case studies is to access participant’s ability to apply knowledge gained after each lecture presentation. Exercises were given to participants in clusters for self-assessment and identifying areas of weakness and improvement.
The training workshop was a tremendous success in planning, organization and delivery from participants’ evaluation of the program. Quite a number of participants appealed that such training workshops should be more regular, as this will give the necessary exposure they need to function more effectively in their various facilities.