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.”