Local birth attendants deliver mothers in bushes

Otuke. Following government’s suspension of midwifery services, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in Otuke District in Lango now deliver pregnant mothers in bushes. The LC chairperson for Aliwang Ward in Adwali Sub-county, Mr Godfrey Ongom, said the TBAs are conducting deliveries in secrecy for fear of being arrested.

He said expectant mothers prefer getting maternity services from TBAs because their services are cheaper and nearer compared to government health facilities.

“As leaders, we are calling upon the government to have the basics in health facilities, so that mothers can seek help from trained medical practitioners,” Mr Ongom said.

Otuke Woman MP Annet Nyakecho Okwenye said TBA’s should encourage mothers to get to health facilities where there are better services.The in-charge of Aliwang Health Centre III, Mr Davis Adar, said: “TBAs at times confuse the mothers that they can help them, but when the situation gets out of hand, they abandon them.”

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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