Training health workers enhances the quality of health services
UNICEF is working in Yemen to improve health care services through various activities, including training workers in the medical field
With support from UNICEF and funding from Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation- Norad, this training started in December 2022 and consists of 10 sessions, each lasting for 4 days and includes theoretical and practical parts. The sessions cover CPR and Oxygen therapy. Those sessions take place in various health centers in Aden and target doctors, nurses, and emergency and resuscitation workers in the emergency departments and small operation rooms at the government health centers.
"One of the difficulties we face at the government health centers is the lack of qualified medical staff that are not commensurate with the large numbers of patients those centers receive. The greater the number of medical staff, the easier it will be to deal with these large numbers of patients", says Suzan Tawfiq, a trainee and a doctor at Hashed Medical center in Aden.
"Most hospitals and health centers employ volunteers and fresh graduates who lack the experience to deal with patients. On the other hand, senior health workers don't receive enough training to refresh their knowledge about the proper procedures for dealing with patients. This reflects badly on the quality of the services provided," says Ahmed Saleh Al-Wa'er, trainee.
New Skills and Knowledge
"This training is very important to me since it added much information to my knowledge and rectified wrong concepts about dealing with emergency cases and saving patients that I used to have. The time for saving the life of a patient was one of the most important things I learned. Such process used to take a long time. We were always late to save a patient. However, during the 4 days of training, we learned that the saving process should begin within 5 to 10 seconds." Ahmed Saleh Al-Wa'er, one of the trainees.
"The training gave me a push to pass on what I learned during the 4 training days to the rest of my colleagues, or to the volunteers who work with me”, adds Ahmed.
"We rectified the mistakes that used to take place during giving CPR in some hospitals and health centers. The Oxygen used to be giving to the patients in a wrong way, so we taught the trainees the right ways for giving CPR", says Hisham Alauthali, respiratory therapist and trainer.
Personal Motive for Participation
"Since the beginning of 2023, we have trained from 2,000 to 3,000 people across the country in the fields of CPR, BLS, and ITLS.", adds Hisham Alauthali,
"I love this training since it's within my specialty. I also love to contribute to the development of my country and the medical staff in it. Of the things I'm really proud of is the number of trainees that I've trained. I feel I have done something that benefited everyone. I hope there will be more training courses to improve the skills of the medical staff so that they can quickly and properly save people's lives", concludes Hisham.