Cross River integrates traditional birth attendants into healthcare system

To check the rate of infant and maternal mortality in the state, Cross River State Government is to integrate traditional birth attendants (TBAs) into its healthcare system.

The state government said this was necessary considering their strategic role in the society, in terms of taking delivery of babies, especially in rural areas.

Director-General, Cross River State Primary HealthCare Delivery Agency, Dr. Beta Edu, yesterday, maintained that the role of TBAs in infant and maternal healthcare cannot be overemphasized, because people have so much confidence in their services, hence they must be trained and fully integrated in the healthcare chain.

She said, “We have commenced the necessary training programme for all TBAs, basically to educate them on their new roles, which is purely referrals of patients from their communities to our health facility in their respective areas.“We do not want our women to be delivered by unskilled birth attendants who may not be able to dictate when complications arise.”

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1 Comment
  • Dennis Azuju

    Each time I see medical doctors talk like this, I get confused. This is exactly what is happening in Lagos state today. We cannot play politics with people’s life. We have a lot of nurses who don’t have jobs, who had already been trained on how to take at least simple normal delivery and refer to the next level of health care as the case may be but prefer to empower traditional birth attendants to manage the life of a woman in labour. Only God knows what these TBA’s do in cause of managing patients. They go to the extent of inducing labour with drugs and infusions without knowing the dangers of their actions. Integrating TBA into primary healthcare is legalizing illegality and officially promoting quackery. The people living in the rural areas are human beings like those living in the urban centers and deserves good Medicare. If we truly love the life’s of our people in question, let’s empower private nurses to set up nursing homes in the rural areas so that they can work hand in hand with the Government to achieve their objective. An average registered nurse is well tutored theoretically and practically on the rudiments of anatomy and physiology of all the body systems , (the reproductive system inclusive), management of labour in all it’s stages using the modern pathogragh etc. Integrating TBA into healthcare delivery may not be totally wrong, but Nigeria has gone beyond that level. We should do what our neighboring countries will see and emulate not what they will see and ridicule us. The solution to maternal death rate in Nigeria is not TBA please. Pleases and please. God bless you.