By Murtala Muhammad
About one hundred Skilled Traditional Birth Attendants across Bauchi Central Zone are undergoing a five-day training to improve their capacity towards addressing maternal mortality and child morbidity in the state.
The training is being conducted by an NGO Marshal Sadique Care Foundation, MSCF at Misau Local Government Area of the state.
In an opening remark, Coordinator of the NGO, Hajiya Lubabatu Sirajo Jibril said the aim was to check the increasing number of maternal and child mortality cases during childbirth as part of measures to complement government’s effort towards changing the narrative.
Represented by the Alhaji Rilwanu Maidawa, the MSCF’s Coordinator said the trainees would also be equipped with the knowledge of sensitizing women in their various communities on the importance of Ante Natal Care, Hospital Based Delivery and Postnatal Care as well as routine immunization for their babies.
On her part, the Lead Trainer, Hajiya Zainab Mohammed said the trainees would also be educated on how to identify dangerous signs in pregnancy and the time for referral so as to avoid complications.
Hajiya Zainab who is the former Provost of the State College of Nursing and Midwifery expressed worry over the increasing maternal mortality and child morbidity rates in the north east emphasised the need for NGOs to complement government’s effort to arrest the problem.
The participants were selected from the six local government areas of Bauchi Central Zone that include, Dambam, Darazo, Ganjuwa, Misau, Ningi and Warji.