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The Wife of the Senate President,Mrs. Toyin Sarki,the Hon. Minister of Health,Prof. Isaac Adewole and the President of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives,Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji.

Nigeria Government To Review And Restructure Its Midwives Service Scheme

9 May 2017 Health National News News


The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole says  the federal government is  reviewing   and restructuring the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS)  launched in 2009   to make it more effective, while at the same time ensure regular curriculum review and provision of adequate funding.

The Minister made this known  in Abuja during the Commemoration of the 2017 International Day of the Midwife (IDM).

: the minister of health,prof. Isaac Adewole and the students of F.C.T School of Midwifery at the international day of the Midwife 2017,AbujaAdewole  explained that the  Scheme which aimed at ensuring skilled birth attendants through the recruitment and deployment of midwives to rural communities as frontline workers was currently being reviewed.

“Our plan was to modify the scheme based on lesson learnt to improve efficient service delivery in our drive to revitalize the primary healthcare services delivery in the country”

Speaking on this year’s theme, “Strengthening Midwifery Pre-Service Training In Nigeria” Prof. Adewole said the theme was apt as it fits into the current Federal Government Agenda of upgrading the standard of midwifery practice and providing a very conducive environment for all health workers in the country .

Prof. Adewole who said that a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce was an important catalyst towards achieving Universal Health Coverage,  that there was also need for pre- service training which would involve regular curriculum review and provision of adequate funding.

Prof. Isaac Adewole, stressed the need for a definite survey to obtain the precise numbers and location of health workers in the country to provide adequate information for the ministry in tackling  the challenges of the sector.

The Wife of the Senate President,Mrs. Toyin Sarki,the Hon. Minister of Health,Prof. Isaac Adewole and the President of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives,Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji. “Our plan was to modify the scheme based on lesson learnt to improve efficient service delivery in our drive to revitalize the primary healthcare services delivery in the country”

In a goodwill  message,  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Executive Director,Doctor Babatunde Osotimehin   Represented by,  Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, said the production of midwives in the country was on a downward trend, that currently 18 out of the 99 Midwifery schools in Nigeria have lost their accreditation to various challenges.

“Nigeria will require 3500 midwives annually for the next 15 years above current levels to meet
the need of the population in the year 2030.”

“UNFPA celebrates the life-saving work that midwives do every day, often in very trying circumstances. Thanks to midwives, millions of women all over the world are able to exercise their rights to sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning.”

cross section of student nurses,in Abuja,Nigeria“To make this happen, we need to expand midwifery programme, maintain the highest global standard, and promote enabling environment for midwives to effectively meet the needs of women and their families. Today, UNFPA renews its commitment to supporting the government of Nigeria and development partners to promote the work of midwives so that more women survive and their families and communities thrive.”

“In Nigeria, UNFPA has worked to support 25 midwifery schools, educating more than 700 midwives. UNFPA supported midwifery gap analysis and the development of current National Strategic Plan to strengthen midwifery in Nigeria. We have also strengthened the National Midwifery Association, and we were instrumental to the admittance of the Nigerian midwives association to the International Confederation of Midwives, ICM.”he said.

He pointed out that the National Health Policy considered Primary Healthcare as the framework to improve health services for all.

In a presentation titled “The Role Of Advocacy In Strengthening Midwifery”,the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives and wife of the senate president,  Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, said despite the encouraging 35% reduction in maternal newborn and child mortality registered nationally between 2010 and 2015, Nigeria still accounts for an estimated 14% of the global maternal and child deaths globally.

“Unfortunately, a majority of these deaths occur mainly in low-income, rural and conflict ridden regions of this country and it is primarily due to the neglect of the role and professional needs of midwives who are the front-line health workers that interact with the mothers, their newborns and their families, and, a lack of focus, or lack of priority, on patient safety,”

Mrs. Saraki who advocated for an increased coverage of midwives globally revealed that 25% increase in midwives could reduce the global maternal mortality indices by 50%.

President of the NANNM, Mr. Abdulrafiu Adeniji who frowned at the disharmony in the health sector, noted that doom was imminent if the situation is not effectively tackled.

 


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