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Bauchi Traditional Leaders Advocate School For Community Midwives

Posted: Jun 21, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

In order to check early marriages and high maternal and infant mortality, traditional leaders in Bauchi State have advocated establishment of school for community midwives.

This suggestion formed part of the highlights of activities marking the commemoration of the 2015 Day of the African Child held in Bauchi.

The traditional ward head, in the state, Alhaji Yusuf Isa, while addressing students of post primary schools, traditional ward heads and other stakeholders in the health sector on the occasion, said the proposed school would produce the staff needed to serve in health facilities located within the communities.

According to him, the idea would curtail early marriages, as girls of school age who have been denied the opportunity of going beyond primary school and those who dropped out of school could be offered a 9-month basic course in Community Midwifery and on completion be deployed to help their communities.

Isa, who is also the ward head of Tudun Yarima in Bauchi metropolis, re-echoed the urgent need to train married women as voluntary community mobilisers on girl-child to educate women during marriage and naming ceremonies on the importance of girl-child education
“This is an effective strategy that can encourage women to send their female children to school, because I can recall that same idea was adopted during polio eradication campaign,” he said.

Presenting a paper on, ‘Protecting the girl-child, the Islamic perspective’, a development worker, Hajiya Fatsuma Mohammed, recalled the teachings of Prophet Mohammed which admonished Muslims to seek knowledge wherever they could find it.
She stressed that the message was enough to motivate parents to allow the girl-child to seek knowledge.

She denounced the attitude of forcing underage girls to marry because of poverty and suggested that there was more hope for educated married girls than an illiterate in today’s world.
In a paper presentation,  UNICEF representative on the occasion, Mohammed Inuwa Bello, enumerated divorce, health complications and poverty as some of the unhealthy repercussions of early marriages.

He enjoined parents to embrace education as a way out of current challenges facing the girl-child.
The theme for the 2015 Day of the African Child is, ‘Accelerating our collective effort to end child marriage in Africa’, and the commemoration attracted over a hundred students from public and private institutions in Bauchi.