- Engage youths in value orientation, cultural promotion•
The Ekiti State Government has charged the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) operating in the State to take notice of dangerous signs of pregnant women while trying to take delivery of newborn baby.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade gave the charge at a sensitisation workshop organised for Traditional Birth Attendants in Ekiti State.
Dr. Yaya-Kolade explained that the workshop became necessary going by the level of patronage the Traditional Birth Attendants enjoyed in Ekiti State, especially from pregnant women in the local areas who have confidence in their services and prefer patronizing them rather than the government hospitals.
“The Traditional Birth Attendants needed to be trained on how to recognise red lines while trying to take delivery of newborn baby, so ,as to ensure that the babies as well as the mothers live,” she Said.
The commissioner lauded Governor Kayode Fayemi for giving top priority to ensuring that all Ekiti residents have easy access to quality health care services wherever they live in the state.
Earlier in her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Folakemi Olomojobi noted that the wealth of a nation is measured by the health of her people, stressing need for pregnant women to have access to trained Birth Attendants.
“No life should be lost while trying to give birth to another life,” Olomojobi added while urging the Traditional Birth Attendants to give attention to details while performing their duties.
She added that whenever they sense dangerous signs that they should refer such cases to specialist hospitals without delay.
While speaking, the Permanent Secretary State, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Olabisi Arogundade stated that the Workshop was a vital step in a right direction noting that Traditional Birth Attendants compliment the efforts of the agency.
“Traditional Birth Attendants are partners in progress in health development of our state and this sensitization workshop will give them better understanding of their work,” she stressed.
In her lecture, one of the resource persons at the workshop, Dr. Funmi Ibikunle implored the Traditional Birth Attendants to always encourage pregnant women and mothers of childbearing age to embrace family planning, child spacing as well as using treated nets to fight against malaria which could lead to untimely death”
Others that presented papers at the workshop included Dr. Sunday Omoya, Dr. Albert Odebunmi, Mrs. Yewande Akute, and Mrs. Yemisi Oluwabusayo.
Some of the participants who made remarks lauded the Ekiti State Government for taking the unique initiative to organize such training for the Traditional Birth Attendants, urging that it should be a continuous exercise.
They pledged to properly utilize the information and knowledge acquired in the sensitisation workshop to improve on their service and make timely referrals to government hospitals accordingly.
In a similar development, the Director General, Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre has urged youths to be part of the cultural reorientation and promotion of traditional heritage in the state.
Ojo Lanre said this while speaking with leadership of Federation of Ekiti State Students Union (FESSU), Ekiti State University Chapter, who visited him in his office in Ado-Ekiti.
He said the council’s mandate was to rejuvenate, promote and support any ideas that would enhance creativity, job creation and add value to the people of the state.
“You are the strength of the nation, you need to be involved in the development of the land especially in the promotion of local festivals and traditional event, not in a violent way but in a way that will redefine and take our culture to a greater level of economic development.
“I expect you to come out with a solid plan and agenda that will enhance cultural activities and creativity among you. Most of you are talented and culturally endowed with traditional potentials that will showcase you to the world.” he said.
The President, Ekiti State University (EKSU) Chapter, Mr. Alagbeleye Temitayo said the activities of the Council since the assumption of duty of the Director General has been a great source of inspiration to the body.
In his contribution, the Senate President of the Association, Mr. Adewale Damilola appreciated the Director General for his words of encouragement, which, according to him, have given them another clue at harnessing their talents for the benefit of the state.