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IPAS/SE-PAC-Net TRAIN HOUSE OFFICERS IN NAUTH ON WOMEN-CENTERED POST ABORTION CAREA total of 125 medical doctors comprising of 108 house officers and 17 senior house officers from Obs/Gyn department of NAUTH participated in a recently completed (WC-PAC) 2-day training on women centered post abortion car conducted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi. The training partly sponsored by Ipas was conducted by South east PAC-Net in collaboration with the Obs/Gyn department of NAUTH. The training was essentially aimed at building the capacity of the young health professionals towards the effective management of abortion-related complications, a direct medical cause of maternal mortality. It will be recalled that Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with an annual maternal death rate of approximately 60,000 women, representing 10% of the overall global mortality. The training schedule consisted of lectures on the magnitude of the problems of abortion; causes and complications of abortion; abortion laws in Nigeria; reproductive health, sexual and reproductive rights and also the use and processing of manual vacuum aspirator (MVA), practical sessions were carried out on dismantling and re-assembling of MVA equipment. Practical demonstrations were also carried out using pelvic model.The ceremony was declared open by Chief Medical Director of NAUTH Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, who was represented by the chairman Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Afiadigwe. In his speech at the ceremony, the CMD highlighted the importance of the training to the participants, the hospital and community at large and enjoined the house officers and senior house officers to put in their almost towards acquiring this important skill that will save the lives of many women, in a similar message of the head of the department of Obs/Gyn, Dr, Gerald Udigwe, the participants were urged to take the training serious as it was packaged to meet the demand of saving the lives of pregnant women with complications of abortion.Both speakers thanked Ipas for their support for this training which had been going on annually since 2007. The department of Obs/Gyn has made it a departmental policy to train all house officers passing through the department every year on PAC Services.In a vote of thanks, the representative of the trained doctors thanked Ipas, South east PAC-Net and NAUTH for availing them the opportunity to receive the training which he acknowledged to be unique nouvelle.He promised that they will do their best towards bringing to bear on women�s health, the benefit of their newly acquired knowledge of PAC and the use of MVA.Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of MVA Kit to each of the participants by the training co-ordinator, the south east zonal PAC-Net co-ordinator, Prof, J.I.B Adinma

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