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The role of the traditional birth attendants in Cross River State health care delivery is significant that government is not planning to banish them soon CrossRiverWatch can authoritatively report.
The position of the government was made known during a press briefing in Calabar by the Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke on Community Health, Dr. Iyam Ugot.
Ugot said clamping on the traditional birth attendants will have serious effect on the health care delivery program of the state, particularly in the rural areas.
He said what the State is doing was to train the over 1000 traditional birth attendants in batches in line with the current realities in the primary health care delivery chain and let them know where their boundaries stop.
The Special Adviser said a recent report show that 2000 out of 6000 babies born in the last three months in Cross River State were delivered by traditional birth attendants hence the need for the collaboration.
“We got a report in the last two months which show that out of the 6000 babies born in Cross River State, 2000 were delivered by the TBA and when we asked them why they choose to go to the TBA rather than our primary health care centers, they said that was what their mothers told them”
“What we are doing at the community health department is that we are changing our strategies to ensure that the TBA are well trained and let them know where their boundary stops” he said.
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