Ekiti State Government has commenced the training of 192 Health Workers on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness and Expanded Programs on Immunization (IMCI+EPI).

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo who made this known in Ado Ekiti, explained that the training focused mainly on the first level of Health workers who managed sick children at the Primary Health Care level.

Dr. Ojo noted that the Nigeria National Council on Health had in 1997 ratified the implementation of the IMCI strategy as the main thrust of her child survival.

According to him, since the ratification of the National Council on Health, the Federal Ministry of Health with support from donors/ partners such as the UNICEF, WHO and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) built National capacity for implementing the strategy and  also commenced implementation in some selected Local Government Areas across six geo political zones.

The Commissioner said that the training programme which would be in two batches of 96 Health workers each would end in March 2017.

Reiterating the commitment of  the State Government to the provision of  affordable and accessible health care service delivery,  Ojo noted that the state was leading other states with the training of 970 Primary Health Care Workers on IMCI between 2004 and 2010.

Ekiti is the only State in the country with 13 facilitators on IMCI. He charged all Stakeholders to continually support Government's efforts at making life more meaningful for the people.

In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Olori  Abike Adewole  expressed confidence in the professional capabilites of Primary Health Care workers in the state and pledged that the workers would continue to live up to their responsibility.