TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS HELD

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birth2TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS HELD
The Ledzokuku – Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) has organized a one day training workshop for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the Assembly on the 31st of August, 2015.
The TBAs, twenty one in all were taken through the basic facts about HIV, what they must know about the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), the danger signs of pregnancy and how to prevent infection during delivery.
Mr. Seth Badu Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA in his address, thanked the TBAs for honoring their invitation and for their help in ensuring that maternal mortality becomes a thing of the past in the Municipality.
The MCE mentioned that he knows they encounter problems and have difficulties thus the need for this training and he believes by the end of the training, they would have learnt a lot to help them in their job. He stated that he hopes they all understand each other and work hand in hand to prevent maternal mortality.
The Municipal Health Directorate, Focal Person for HIV, Madam Edith Amenudzi Darku in her presentation, took the TBAs through the signs of Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs), how HIV is contracted and how to prevent Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
She said there is the need for every pregnant woman to do the AIDs test and noted that the test must be done twice during the nine months of pregnancy, one at the first month of the pregnancy and the other at the eighth month of the pregnancy. She mentioned that if a pregnant woman is HIV positive, she is put on drugs after fourteen weeks of the pregnancy.
Madam Georgina Amankwah, the Deputy Director of Nursing at the Municipal Health Directorate took the TBAs through the dangers of pregnancy and preventing infection.
She mentioned that there are pregnant women that the TBAs are not supposed to deliver and asked them to accompany the pregnant women to the hospital if they see that they cannot handle the situation at hand. She asked the TBAs to be patient with the pregnant women as it will yield good results.
She took them through how to wash their hands to prevent infection, how to clean a new born baby, how to take off their gloves after delivery and the use of power zone. The TBAs contributed on how they dispose off the placenta and the blade they use in cutting the cord after delivery.
The TBAs mentioned lack of funds as one of their major challenge, they said most families bring their pregnant relations to them and abandon them thus they have to feed them and most people who come to them for delivery come empty handed. They asked for instruments for their work. The TBAs asked that the training should be frequent and if certificates can be awarded them as TBAs after such trainings.
The MCE in his closing remarks thanked them for coming and for a good job done. He noted that a complaint office has been opened for them to lodge their complaints.
He presented them with the instruments they need for their job and said the Assembly will try to supply some of their needs.
BY Cynthia Quarshie

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