9 Jun 2011

PNG upskilling villagers in health care

3:21 pm on 9 June 2011

A Papua New Guinea nurse says there is growing interest in training to upskill villagers to be able to deal with common health issues and birthing in rural areas.

The Morobe Mining Joint Venutre and the Bulolo District Health Division have run two courses so far to train up women in basic first aid certificates and teach them midwifery skills.

A nurse trainer, Mark Kumul, says 56 women have been trained to be Village Birth Attendees so far, and this should help reduce infant and maternal mortality, especially in rural areas.

"Found out that VBA training is one immediate training that they need to get because of the location, as some places are very remote, and some places there are good facilities there but there was no health workers around to provide health services."

Nurse trainer, Mark Kumul