Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Lagos have been advised to adhere strictly by rules and regulations guiding their practice if they are to make any meaningful impact on infant and maternal mortality in the State.
Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), Dr Bunmi Omoseyindemi who gave the advice during a seminar for stakeholders in the traditional medicine practice organised by Pathfinder in collaboration with LSTMB said government is also working tremendously to partner with necessary and voluntary organisations desirous of ensuring that the issue of maternal mortality is successfully tackled in the state.
In her lecture, tagged, “How to Reduce Maternal Mortality ” Coordinator of the programme, Dr Titilola Duro- Aina said Pathfinder had introduced the “Garment” to stop excessive bleeding during child birth which is the leading cause of death during childbirth.
She called for extreme caution by TBAs during delivery to forestall unnecessary litigants pointing out that expectant women who complained of excessive tiredness, constant headache, bleeding, coughing, swelling of the body, jaundice, and weight problems should be immediately referred to the nearest General Hospitals by the TBAs.
She enjoined the state government to ensure the sustainability of the Garment project in order to prevent wanton loss of lives of pregnant woman during child birth in the state.