ByÂ Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has offered to provide teaching jobs for qualified pregnant women in the state.
He has also charged them to de-emphasize the use of traditional methods for ante-natal treatment due to its inherent dangers, and cautioned that the local method of rubbing the tummy of expectant mother was dangerous to both the mother and baby.
Dr. Uduaghan, who stated this during a visit to the Ante-Natal Clinic of Central Hospital, Warri, said as a medical practitioner, he knew the implications associated with the practices of local health workers, explainingÂ the umbilical cord could tie the neck of the foetus thereby strangulating the baby.
The women had complained to the governor that they were unemployed and have applied for job in the state without success.
The governor asked them to compile their names, assuring that those qualified for the job would be employed.
He advised the women that complained of not having access to the state Micro-Credit Scheme to form co-operative groups and register it with their local government council, after which they would be entitled to the loan.
On the deplorable state of Udu road, the governor assured the expectant mothers that temporary construction work would commence on the road to make it accessible to the residence of the area during this rainy season, stressing that permanent work would begin after the rains.
On the dangers of traditional treatment, he said it was because of the dangers that his administration introduced the free anti-natal care for pregnant women in the state to afford them access to quality medical care.
Governor Uduaghan also advised the women to have time for the upbringing of their children, cautioning that they should not leave the work to the teachers alone.
Besides, he enjoined the women to give birth to the number of children they could comfortably care for and seek medical advice on the best family planning method to use.
Governor Uduaghan added that family planning was not only to avoid pregnancy but good for the spacing of children.