Association of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (AOVCN) has stressed the need for
continuous training and mentorship of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child.
Mr Marcus Williams, an advocate for the group, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja.
Williams said that with adequate training, birth attendants would be able to produce regular sterilised maternal equipment.
He added that “TBAs need to be trained on HIV transmission from mother to child and be counselled on the need to go for test.
“They should also be trained on hygiene to avoid infection.”
Williams reiterated the call for collective prevention and urged government to empower birth attendants to test their clientele.
According to him, funding is very necessary to enable them to sterilise the equipment used for delivery.
He, however, advised traditional birth attendants to always refer HIV positive clients to hospitals for appropriate care and treatment.
Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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