Health institute donates infant –life saving equipment

MORE than ten Arusha Technical staff (ATC) have received training on infant-life saving equipment, courtesy of the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI).

Through its Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST 360°), the Morogoro based health institution also donated the equipment to ATC, in the region worth 80m/-.

Wrapping up the week-long training here on Friday, NEST 360° Project leader Donat Shamba said the session meant to equip the 12 staff on the usage and maintenance of the equipment, as far as the reduction of neonatal deaths is concerned.

“Even though these equipment will be donated to hospitals in Arusha, it is equally important to train some of ATC staff first so that they replicate the same to health workers,” he explained.

According to the Public Health Researcher, the Hands-on training will equip ATC technicians with the right knowledge of handling and fixing the equipment once they come for repair.

The training coordinator Josephat Mutakyamilwa, on his part, observed that the training will allow clinicians to provide high quality comprehensive newborn care keeping babies warm, helping them breathe, diagnosing infections, treating jaundice and other life-threatening conditions for small and sick babies.

Some of the equipment donated by IHI includes a Radiant Warmer, Bubble CPAP and an Oxygen Concentrator.

Others are a Suction Machine, an Air Splitter and a Phototherapy.

One of the trainees, Crecent Boniface Sembuli expressed his delight on the training by IHI saying it will greatly reduce Neonatal deaths in Tanzania.

“We look forward to imparting the same knowledge on doctors and nurses as well,” he said.

Mr Sembuli, who is also an assistant lecturer at ATC, said such training continues to cement the centre’s status as a focal point for calibration in the region.

In his rejoinder, Education Deputy Minister Omary Juma Kipanga said the IHI’s support to ATC’s Biochemical Engineering Lab was in line with Tanzania’s quest of achieving the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Tanzania.

NEST 360° is a global consortium committed to ensuring that every hospital in Africa can deliver life-saving care for small and sick newborns. The programme is an evidence-based model for sustainable health systems change to close the gaps in technology, markets, and human resources for implementation of quality hospital-based newborn care at national scale.

In Tanzania, the programme works with the Ministry of Health to improve the quality of comprehensive newborn care units as stipulated in the national guideline for neonatal care and establishment of neonatal care units.

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