Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Ogun State have been advised to always seek the support of certified medical practitioners in handling emergencies during child delivery.
Chairman, Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB), Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye explained that this has become necessary to prevent avoidable maternal mortality.
Speaking during the opening of the training programme for TBAs in the Yewa zone, he pointed out that the present administration in the State remained committed to ensuring the safety of both mother and child during delivery.
At the event, which held at
the St. James Anglican Church, Oke-Odan, Yewa South, the OGAMB Chairman said the training was in.line with the Board’s resolve to regulate and build the capacity of the TBAs in tune with modern practice.
Besides, the OGAMB Chairman implored orthodox practitioners to render valuable assistance to alternate medicine practitioners, describing TBAs as key players in the health sector due to their interaction with the lower class for care.
“Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board is not in operation to encourage alternate medicine practitioners to go against the law or compete with the orthodox medicine, rather the Board sanitises the alternate medicine practice to further guarantee quality health care service delivery. Therefore, I implore certified medical practitioners to always see them as partners in progress and not as competitors”, he said.
The Chairman, who emphasised that it has become imperative for TBA to be duly registered, undergo screening and attend orientation workshops organised by the Board to practice in the State, advised members to always abide by the ethics of the profession.
Speaking on behalf of other participants, Mr. Olanrewaju Nurudeen and Mrs. Serah Elegbede commended the ingenuity of the Board towards uplifting the practice of alternate medicine in the State, pledging members’ supports at all times.