The National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) recently concluded a three-day training for Community Health Nurses and facility staff on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM).
The synergy was held at the Regional Health Directorate in Essau, North Bank Region. It aimed at ensuring that service providers are adequately capacitated on the management of severe acute malnutrition.
Speaking at the closing, Sutering Drammeh, Health Director for Essau Health Region, thanked NaNA and UNICEF for strengthening the capacities of health workers on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition techniques.
He said health workers should be steadfast in strengthening closer collaboration with people at the grassroots to be able to detect malnourished children, with a view to providing needed services. He thus challenged health workers to promote networking and collaboration with Village Support Groups and Village Development Committees so as to bring about behavioral change in the management of acute malnourished children. He said proper management would contribute to reduction referral rates.
Dodou Sowe of NaNA also expressed satisfaction that the training would contribute immensely to reducing malnourished cases, noting that the timely intervention would ensure early detection and treatment.
He equally enjoined nurses to promote community involvement and participation in the identification of malnourished children.
“The management of severe acute malnutrition at the community allows outpatient care to function with weekly visits by the care provider. Patients are identified and treated whilst relatively healthy, before they develop complications and when treatment can be achieved entirely in the community. This can also prevent admission to in-patient facilities (IPF),”he stated.
Mr Sowe noted that the programme is to reduce costs on transport, food for the caretaker; family disruption; prevent failure to complete essential work; reduction in the level of care for the other children; reduce loss of earning ability; facilitate preparation of family meals, and access to treatment.
Buba Jallow of Essau District Hospital assured of nurses’ support to the attainment of full coverage in the communities.
He lauded NaNA for building community resilience on malnourishment.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow
& Binta Jammeh