The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) has held another sensitization programme for more than 100 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) on issues relating to HIV/AIDS, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Universal Safety Precautions (USP).
Delivering a lecture on PMTCT, Mrs. Olaide Oyenuga, a retired Deputy Director, Health Education said transmission could occur during pregnancy if proper care was not taken or during delivery and when breastfeeding the baby . According to her, with the intervention of the informed Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), patients would be better informed to make healthy lifestyle decisions for the sake of their unborn babies.
Mrs. Oyenuga reiterated that it is imperative for a mother to feed her child exclusively with breast milk for at least the first-six months of life or could use infant formula exclusively should she so decide, adding that a child would be more vulnerable with mixed feeding while urging HIV positive mothers to access Anti-Retroviral (ARV) treatment which would reduce the load of the virus in the body and as such would not be able to transmit the virus to the child during breastfeeding.
Condom demonstration session was conducted by Mrs. Olushola Adebambo in which participants were taught and encouraged on the correct and consistent use of condoms.
Similarly, Dr. Dayo Lajide took the TBAs through the cause, symptoms and prevention of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and encouraged them to observe personal hygiene especially with constant hand washing and use of Universal Safety Precautions at all times since there is no known cure for now.
Mrs. Aderonke Ajiboye taught the participants on measures to use in ensuring Universal Safety Precautions at all times during management of infected individuals which included the use of gloves, facemasks, safety box, waste disposal mechanism and cleanliness of their clinics.