7th June, 2010
The Lagos State government has graduated 251 Traditional Birth Attendants, TBAs, from its various hospitals and primary health care centres.
The training of the TBAs was part of the move by the government to reduce child mortality rate while improving maternal health in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Toun Agbe-Davies said the training was part of effort of the state government, through the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, to encourage traditional health practitioners in Lagos to imbibe the right practices in birth attendance.
He urged the TBAs to avail themselves of the opportunities given to them, explaining that government was determined to reduce to the barest minimum, public hostility and discrimination towards traditional medicine practitioners in Lagos State.
Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Dr. Bunmi Omosenyindemi, stated that 26 per cent of death under the ages of five were neo-natal related, while malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea constituted 24 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
He said that every pregnant woman must seek care from certified practitioners, who have been trained in orthodox medicine, adding that maternal and neo-natal health advocacy programmes demanded training of the TBAs.