No fewer than 2, 000 traditional birth attendants (TBAs) have been trained on pregnancy complications during childbirth by the Ogun State government.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, disclosed this in an interview with Sunday Telegraph in Abeokuta. Ipaye said the training became necessary in order to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality of mothers and child during childbearing. He explained that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNFPA.
The Commissioner pointed out that part of the pregnancy complications needed to watch out for are prolonging labour, bleeding during pregnancy, and bridge positioning of the child, among others.
Ipaye said that should the identified complications persist in any pregnancy, the birth attendant handling such issues has also been trained to quickly refer patient to the nearest general hospital.
“Because some of our people, particularly the rural dwellers believe and have trust in TBAs, reason we took upon ourselves to engage them in training on complications during and after pregnancy in both the child and mother.
They should quickly refer the patient to the nearest general hospitals if the complications mentioned above persist in any of their patient,” he said. The Commissioner noted that since the training commenced, the state has recorded great reduction in mothers and children’s death during pregnancy.