ABEOKUTA – Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Ogun State have been advised to always seek the support of certified medical practitioners in case of emergency while taking delivery. This is necessary to prevent avoidable death of mother and her child.
According to a release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l & online – www.startrendinternational.com by Dolapo Jinad, Press Officer, Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, Chairman of the Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB) in the State, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye who gave this advice while declaring open a day training for the TBAs in Yewa zone, at St. James Anglican Church, Oke-Odan, Yewa South, pointed out that the present administration in the State remained committed to ensuring the safety of both mother and child during delivery.
He said it is in line with this that the Board is taking adequate steps to regulate and build the capacity of the TBAs in accordance with modern practice.
The OGAMB Chairman also implored medical doctors 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 competitors”, he said.
The Chairman noted that it is compulsory for TBAs to be duly registered, undergo screening and attend orientation workshops organised by the Board to practice in the State, advising members to always abide by 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.