The CEO, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, Dr. Monsurat Adeleke, has tasked Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to embrace HIV and Universal prevention practices in the delivery of their Ante-Natal and Obstetric services while abiding by COVID-19 infection prevention control.
She made this call at the closing ceremony of the last batch of the sensitisation workshop for 100 registered TBAs on HIV prevention and the prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
In her address, she said the collaboration with TBAs would enable the agency to achieve HIV-free generation and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 initiative aimed at eliminating new HIV infections by 2030 through the reduction of transmission of HIV from mother to child.
Adeleke, however, advised the TBAs to maintain personal hygiene and other non-pharmacology intervention for the COVID-19 prevention amongst their clients.
“There is the need for the TBAs to adhere to the limitations as provided fo4 in their operational guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. most especially the referral of HIV positive pregnant women to PMTCT Facilities,” she added.
Meanwhile, a concerned resident of Ifake, dontimilehin @dontlmllehim, took to Twitter to call on the state government to the dire situation of pregnant women and the state of the general hospital.
His tweet, “Please urgent attention is needed at the general hospital lfako. There is no staff and pregnant women can’t see doctors for the past five months because they were told to come by 36 weeks to get today 10/07/2020. It’s the same excuse come next week please oh.”Follow us on social media