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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

Health workers undergo training on childhood illness management

Koronadal, South Cotabato (4 April) -- Health workers of Koronadal City and Polomolok town recently underwent training on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center in Cotabato City.

The training program, which is funded by the provincial government and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), is primarily aimed at improving the capability of local health workers in treating children's illnesses.

Social Worker Sonia Lamis, Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) coordinator, said the 11-day training provides participating health workers with additional knowledge and skills on the assessment of sick children accurately based on the IMCI case management guidelines.

They were trained to administer pre-referral treatment correctly, refer seriously ill-children, counsel caretakers about home care, how to give treatment, check children's immunization status routinely and give immunizations when needed.

The sessions covered the conduct of carry-out feeding assessment of children who are less than two years old or those who are very low in weight for their age and provide caretakers with appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding counseling.

The course combined classroom work with hands-on clinical practice and effective management of sick children aged one week to five years-old.

Based on the ECCD program, the IMCI training would capacitate health workers on the appropriate management of common serious childhood illnesses to help reduce infant and child mortality rates.

Meanwhile, three day care centers in Koronadal City that are covered by the ECCD program received 30 chairs, 10 tables, a cabinet and a blackboard each as a second year of the program's implementation.

The ECCD program, which covers 33 priority barangays in South Cotabato, aims to improve infant and child survival rate by ensuring that adequate health and nutrition programs are accessible to young children and their mothers from the pre-natal period throughout the early childhood years. (KZT/PIA 12) [top]

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