A 3-day training on Expanded family Planning service delivery for Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Private Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) in Rivers State recently held at the NMA Port Harcourt with relevant topics on family planning taking the center stage.
The training which is at the auspices of Development Research Project Center (dRPC), PACFAH@Scale and anchored by RAHI Medical Outreach is on the family Planning aspect of Task Sharing and Task Shifting policy.
The training sessions ran concurrently for both CPs and PPMVs with relevant resource persons taking on the participants on key topics such as monitoring and evaluation, Data reporting, family planning methods, contraceptive implants, infection prevention, waste management, giving injections and others.
Earlier on, at the opening ceremony of the 3-day training programme, Dr Chris Ekiyor, founder/President RAHI Medical Outreach, represented by Dr Chuks Nwaka, Programme Director TSTS, appraised the challenges of Human Resources in Healthcare with a view to preferring possible solutions to address the shortcomings.
Participants at the training also engaged in the symbolic “role play” segment to identify possible interactions between clients and PPMVs as regards the significance of family planning.
Pre test and Post test survey questionnaires were also administered on the participants in the course of the training to ascertain their knowledge and assimilation of Expanded Family Planning at the 3 days training.
The participants at the training session witnessed the practical insertion of Male and female condoms as demonstrated by the resource persons. A similar demonstration on the insertion of Jadelle implants was conducted for the CPs by Dr Sukarime Eli, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.
Certificates of training were presented the CPs and PPMVs for the successful completion of the 3 day training programme.
Other resource persons at the programme include Dr MacPepple Dagogo, Mrs Theresa Timothy from the River State Primary health Care Board, Mrs Agatha Choko, Mrs Princeba Dagogo and a host of others.