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TBA and Nurses with hands in glove

TBA and Nurses with hands in glove

Residents in the Jumu-Kafeibu village in the Nongowa chiefdom Kenema district are now breathing a sigh of relief following recent improvement and continued collaboration between the members of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) and the nurses in the Jumu-Kafeibu village in that of the country.

In an exclusive interview with Madam Zainab Daboh, who is head of the post Community Health Center in the village, she told us that Jumu-Kafeibu village is about 15-20 miles away from Kenema Town and it is the only health center around the Jumu-Kafeibu village and its surrounding area where the TBA are cordially working together in that community. She said the level of cordiality and co-operation existing between them, especially in coordinating their activities in assisting to bring pregnant women to the center was working well, although she complained the lack interest by some members of the community especially pregnant women.

The pregnant women rarely visit this center, she said, and that is because of the lack of interest demonstrated by the pregnant women and the chiefs.  Councilors, traditional leaders, and the local chiefs have all agreed to levy a fine on anybody, including pregnant women, who fail to visit the hospital, and also their husbands.

Madam Zainab, said members of the TBA go to the extent to sensitize the community people about the danger of not visiting the hospital as and when necessary for further examination. It is now a law that anybody failing to visit the hospital will be fined, and that anyone found wanting or breaking the health related rules will be severely dealt with.

In another development, she commended the TBA for the courage, understanding, and co-operation demonstrated by members of the TBA. Members of the TBA are doing the sensitization and assisting the people especially pregnant women. The head of the center Madam Zainab says the sum of Le20, 000 is paid for every delivery case they go through successfully and Le 10,000 will go to the TBA and Le10,000 for the nurses.

According to one elderly woman, Madam Mujama Lebbie the level of cordiality existing between the nurses and TBA members is the first of its kind from time in memorial, she said. She commended them for the assistance accorded them in delivering health service facilities to the advantage of each and everyone in that part of the country; she also commended the community people for their relentless support and assistance in improving the health service delivery.

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