The Gwale Local Government Area has engaged the services 100 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) as a step towards reducing challenges of maternal child health; all the TBAs are on monthly allowance.
This was disclosed by the Vice Chairman, Gwale LGA, Hon Chairman Gambo Jaen at a one-day accountability report back community session on the state of Maternal Health in Gwale LGA tagged “Maternal Health Budget and Your Community”, organized by Center for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED).
They TBAs go from house to house to cater to pregnant women, counselling them on the importance of attending ante-natal clinic, nutrition, personal hygiene and child delivery, he added.
Hon Jaen said a well-equipped hospital at Goron Dutse will soon be commissioned, saying the standard there is comparable to that of Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.
He thanked CHRICED for its maternal health intervention, without which much of their health achievements could not have been possible.
Earlier, CHRICED Executive Director, Zikirullahi Ibrahim who was represented by the Content and Mobilization Officer, Zuwaira Omar said the objective of the meeting is to sensitize community members and government officials on the importance of working together to achieve a common maternal health goal and other development issues.
“We must complement the efforts of each other for a common good”, she said, and urged participants to ask important questions that borders on their wellbeing during the interactive session.
The Executive Director, Youth Environmental Development Association (YEDA), Abdullahi Sule said his organization partnered with CHRICED for the purpose of educating participants on the importance of functional constituency office.
The office will bring elected representatives closer to the people and enhance citizens participation in governance, he added.
In her presentation, Hadiza Bala Fagge urged community members to always monitor and track supply and stock out of commodities in facilities, saying it is important to be involved in the MNCH budget process and tracking to be able to monitor implementation.
She talked about family planning services, routine immunization, ante and post natal care services at facilities to be what they should look out for in the LGA health budget.
A participant at the town hall meeting, Hajia Binta Aliyu Muhhamad said CHRICED intervention and the engagement of TBAs has brought a lot of relief to families, women especially. Presently, any pregnant woman who visits hospital is well attended to by health officials as opposed to what was it used to be in the past.
Hauwa Musa Diso, a TBA at the event thanked the Council Chairman for the noble gesture. There are 10 TBAs in all the 10 political wards in Gwale LGA, she added.
In the past, we were just offering counselling services without direction, but now we have schedule of work attached to clinics catering to children and pregnant women in Gwale LGA.