Uniben Alumni doctors led by Dr Olumide Oyefeso through his 4Breath4Life organisation arrived in Edo State and provided free healthcare training and kit aimed at reducing the high rate of infant deaths in Nigeria due to poor procedures. Over 700 babies die daily during childbirth or in the first month of life in Nigeria according to a Ministry of Health report. The causes of deaths range from a lack of healthcare training to inadequate equipment. Dr Olumide Oyefeso, a Uniben Graduate and a Canadian based Paediatrician said these findings show the severity of the problem and this is the motivation for 4B4L.
4B4L was formed with the help of several Uniben Alumni Doctors in Diaspora including Doctor Osamudiamen Idahosa (USA), Dr Donald Osarumwense(UK) and Dr Diji Vaughan (Canada). The goal of 4B4L is saving human life with emphasis on areas where resources are inadequate and human suffering is often unbelievable.
Since its inception in 2011, 4B4L has made numerous trips to Nigeria to train primary healthcare givers on ways to reduce infant mortality rate in Nigeria. Hundreds of health care providers in Lagos and Ondo State have been trained on life saving skills for babies. Of the numerous challenges in this area, they found that helping the baby breathe is central to reducing mortality rate. The 3 main causes of infant mortality are Prematurity, infections and Birth Asphyxia.
Having visited Lagos twice in the last 3 years, the 3rd trip of 4B4L to Nigeria was to Benin-city, Edo State. That trip commenced the on 21st April 2018.
4B4L 3-day workshop in Benin-city was held at St Paul’s Pastoral Centre.
Day 1: 4B4L volunteer doctors from the diaspora gave free healthcare training to over 200 healthcare givers across the 18 local governments of Edo State.
Day 2: 4B4L Doctors provided free eye test to members of the Edo public and handed out over 300 prescription glasses that were pre-prepared from the diaspora to help manage eye defects.
Day 3: The final day saw the doctors of 4B4L give free medical health checks to members of the public. Checks for blood sugar level, cholesterol levels and general consultation was carried out. 4b4L brought medicines for diabetes, hypertension, gastric problems and ulcer which they gave to patients diagnosed.
At the end of the 3 days, 4B4L donated equipment’s which included mannequin babies, Ambu bags, Stethoscopes, Suctions and manuals to healthcare trainers for them to train others and refer to refresh their memory when in doubt.
Dr Oyefeso says there is still so much to follow up on but 4B4L is self-funded and regularity is based on when the Doctors can mobilise. They did pay a courtesy visit to Edo State’s Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. The Governor stated that the state government is determined to build a sustainable healthcare system that will prioritise the revamp of primary healthcare institutions for optimum service delivery. Dr Oyefeso told the Governor, the group is in the state to seek areas of collaboration with the state government to address maternal and infant mortality, explaining that Nigeria has one of the worst mortality rates in the world with more than 700 babies dying daily. “Our goal as a group is to change the narrative and statistics as many of the deaths recorded at birth are preventable. “He appealed for a policy to ensure that only qualified medical experts attend to babies to ensure infant mortality is reduced in the state.
There is also an ongoing dialogue on how the state can collaborate with 4B4L.
The 12 Doctors who visited Edo State on the 3-day health Mission:
Dr Olumide Oyefeso , Paediatrician (Canada) Uniben.
Dr Osamudiamen Idahosa, Internal Medicine (Philadelphia) Uniben
Dr Donald Osarumwense , Orthopaedic Surgeon(United Kingdom) Uniben
Dr Omorodion Inneh, Psychiatrist (United Kingdom) Uniben
Dr Charles Esene, General Practice ( United Kingdom) Uniben
Dr Obi Muogbo, Paediatrician ( United Kingdom) Uniben
Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, Radiologist (Nigeria)
Dr Deji Odofin, Colorectal Surgeon (United Kingdom) Uniben
Dr Humpfrey Ugbawa, General Practice (Ireland)Uniben.
Dr Diji Vaughan, Paediatrician (USA) Unilag
Dr AJ Khroud, Canada.
Dr Rajvinder Pabla, Opthamology, Canada
Please go the website http://www.4breath4life.org for more information. People are welcome to donate.
If we cannot do anything, please pray for these good Doctors and their families. These are true role models of a better Nigeria.
See pictures of their great work below