World Sepsis Day 13th September

World sepsis day is celebrated worldwide on the 13th of September each year by the Global sepsis alliance (GSA). One of the BARNARDS objectives is to raise awareness of sepsis by means of educational sepsis training for hospital staff.
In Kano, Nigeria, the local BARNARDS team organised a sensitisation campaign among the staff of the Murtala Muhammad specialist hospital.

The main objectives were to raise awareness of health professionals and the general population on the severity of sepsis and to lay emphasis on blood culture and antibiotic driven management.

In preparation to the event, an advocacy visit was paid to the chief medical director Dr. Nura Idris and the acting HOD of pediatrics Dr. Jamila Ibrahim. They fully pledged their support towards the event. In promotion of sepsis awareness, posters detailing sepsis management and prevention, T-shirts, Key holders and Badges were distributed aimed at disseminating sepsis awareness beyond World Sepsis Day.

The event took place on Thursday, the 14th September 2017 at the conference room of pediatrics department of Murtala Muhammad specialist hospital. It started at 8:30am and it was chaired by the acting HOD of pediatrics. In attendance were doctors, nurses, community health extension workers and other supporting staff of the hospital. After the opening remarks by the chairperson of the occasion, a brief lecture was given by Dr. Ashiru Yusuf on Neonatal sepsis, as well as some key findings in the ongoing BARNARDS research that could be crucial to the management of neonatal sepsis at the hospital. Dr Jamila Ibrahim then gave a brief lecture on the management of neonatal sepsis with emphasis to choice of antibiotics. The audience were incredibly engaged and through question and answer issues and misconceptions were clarified. The result was people leaving with a better understanding of sepsis it’s causes, signs and effects.
The event ended at 10:00am and pictures were taken with the staff in attendance who all expressed their happiness for such an event.

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– Zahra Modibbo, BARNARDS Nigerian Project Implementer, September 2017

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