Federal Representative, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has kick-started a five-day strategic training and empowerment programme for women, youths and traditional birth attendants in Oluyole Federal Constituency.
The five-day empowerment training, facilitated by the representative of Oluyole Federal Constituency, started on September 30 and would end on October 4, 2020 at her Constituency Office, Adegoke Plaza, New Garage, Ibadan.
According to Akande-Sadipe, the programme is aimed at training and empowering 30 women, youths and traditional birth attendants in Oluyole Federal Constituency.
She hinted that the programme is being handled by a professional body, the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, in conjunction with Gio Bisiano Nigeria Limited.
Speaking on the importance of the programme, a facilitator, Thomas Elizabeth Olayinka, said: “The programme is to enlighten the traditional birth attendants to be effective in their traditional birth practices in order to reduce or eradicate maternal mortality and infant mortality”.
“Also, we want to encourage them to have cordial relationship between them and other health workers.
“Some communities are deprived of health centers, so they (traditional birth attendants) are there to help people especially during childbirth.
“If there’s any difficulty, they know they are to refer to any government hospital either tertiary, secondary or primary.”
The topics to be treated across the five-day training include: Role of traditional birth attendant, and who is a traditional birth attendant?; Birthing process; and Emergencies and Interventions during childbirth.
As part of the training, participants will also go on an excursion to the University College Hospital Ibadan on Saturday.
At the end of the training, participants will be given equipments needed during the process of childbirth as well as certificates of participation.