By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
All traditional birth attendants (TBA) in Lagos State have been ordered to register with the state’s Ministry of Health.
Likewise, Lagosians, especially women, have been asked to report birth attendants who are not registered.
Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, gave the directive as the state prepares to commemorate Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week 2019.
Goncalves told TBAs to avail themselves with danger signs in pregnancy and new born and continue to refer patients early enough in order to save lives.
She disclosed that Maternal Health booklets and comprehensive health promoting home-based booklets which provide information on birth planning, pregnancy-related health check-up schedules, emergency care, delivery information, post-natal care will be made available during the MNCH Week for the benefit of mothers as well as birth attendants.
The Permanent Secretary advised mothers and caregivers to continue to avail themselves of preventive, promotive and protective health services.
She said that acquiring such information will contribute to reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
“Notify the authorities of any unregistered quacks and charlatans in the neighborhood,” Tunbosun Ogunbamwo, Director, Public Affairs of the health ministry, wrote in a statement titled: LASG Holds Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week.