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Board trains 2, 200 traditional birth attendants in Kano

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KANO – The Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB) trained 2,200 traditional birth attendants in maternal healthcare in the third quarter of this year, Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Shehu Abdullahi, said.

Abdullahi made the disclosure at a one-day sensitisation workshop for health reporters in Kano on Thursday.

He said the traditional birth attendants, selected from the 44 local government areas of the state, were trained on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and other child killer diseases.

He added that “there is need for such training so as to quickly eradicate the diseases from the state and the country.’’

He disclosed that a total of 90,000 pregnant women visited health facilities for ante-natal services monthly in the state.

He added that 8,000 pregnant women visit health facilities during delivery monthly in Kano State.

The Board secretary said that with the total number of 8,000 communities and 27,233
settlements in the state, it would be difficult for all to access health services.

“This is the reason why the state government introduced the Kwankwasiyya Medical Outreach, where the state government provides mobile medical facilities for public use, especially in remote areas.

“Under the programme, 700 communities were visited and a total of 50,000 patients benefitted from the services during the period under review.’’

The executive secretary said the state’s PHCMB had opened a Routine Immunisation Unit at the Waziri Gidado Hospital and donated the facility to the hospital in order to enhance immunisation coverage in the state.

The workshop was a tripartite initiative by the Kano State Government, the PHCMB and Melinda and Gates Foundation. (NAN)

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