His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has expressed the readiness of the Nasarawa State Government partnering towards enhancing and equipping the Traditional Birth Attendants towards providing quality service leading to a lower mortality rate of women and children during childbirth.
Gov. Almakura stated this as he received the leader of the Mother Child Care Enhancement Foundation (MCCEF) led by its Founder and CEO Her Excellency Salamatu Tanko Almakura at the Government House Lafia.
Governor Almakura disclosed that he was delighted that a NGO like McCEf were leading the train and advocating for safe birth focusing on the orientation of Traditional Birth Attendants who would be trained on general health care , lifesaving practices , care for newborns and general hygiene to enable them fill the gap. Stating that in most primary health care centers there are only a few midwives, who may not be able to cope with the births in the community, and go a long way in supporting the community health care needs of our communities.
He assured the MCCEF team of the State Governments support towards ensuring that every Local Government , every Ward and in every Unit could have a ready to call Traditional Birth Attendant, commenting on how nurses were reducing by the day and the population increasing which could translate to inadequacy of birth attendants creating a gap which the Government alone may not be able to fill
The Governor further disclosed that he was happy they had not excluded the Traditional Birth Attendants that did not go to school, stating that from the curriculum they had set up for the training they had been down to earth to teach them basic hygiene, basic health care so that when they take deliveries in the hinterlands they would be mindful of basic health tips,
He tasked them to ensure that some basic packages were given to the Traditional Birth Attendants that would enable do their job with ease, such as delivery bags which could be restocked and replaced to ensure strict compliance to hygiene
Lastly he said it was very good to see corporate participation in the makeup of those running the programme , appreciating Primary Health Care Agency , the Institute r of human virology and also very committed experienced Traditional Birth Attendants working together , expressing confidence that the initiative would surely go a long way towards support the Government realize its target of safe delivers in the state.
Speaking earlier the Mother Child Care Enhancement Foundation (MCCEF) l Founder and CEO Her Excellency Salamatu Tanko Almakura disclosed they were there to seek collaboration and support from the Government towards maternal child health and to ensure that the mothers especially those in the rural areas in the state are well looked after especially when giving birth.
Delivering an overview on the activities of the NGO the Programme Manager of MCCEF Adamu Alhassan said they were there to unveil their plan to train 1000 Traditional Birth Attendants , stating that that the challenges facing maternal care for mothers and infants , which the passionately felt they had to do something about.
He stated that they wanted to save lives and prevent by training Traditional Birth Attendants in all LGAs seeing the challenges stating they were there to seek his support , and fatherly direction towards reducing the child birth related deaths I n the state.
He explained that they were fully ready and prepared for the training as well as proper monitoring partnering with Primary Health care Agency , Institute of Human Virology , reproductive health officers and the old experienced mothers and midwives
Explaining that with a proper monitoring system they would generate workable statistics that could be generated into quality data that could used to show that Nasarawa state has said “No to maternal deaths.”
He appreciated the kind support the Governor and the state Government had been giving the NGO especially in the area of empowerment.