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UNFPA, Saraki Advocate Better Working Condition For Nurses by katty : May 11, 2018, 07:40:59 AM
In order to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) and the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, have advocated improved working conditions for midwives in the Nigeria.

According to them, this would ensure that the prevalence rate of maternal and child mortality was reduced in the country.

They said this at a conference organised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, (NANNM) to commemorate the 2018 World Midwives Day in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, the UNFPA country representative, Dr. Diene Keita, said there were too many deaths among Nigeria women during childbirth, stating that there was need to provide enabling environment for midwives so that they can better serve the needs of expectant mothers and their families.

She said, “Today, we celebrate the heroic lifesaving work midwives do each day. There are far too many deaths among women trying to give birth in Nigeria. According to statistics, about 111 women die each day.

“Against that backdrop, we are advocating for radical policy framework on working conditions to ensure effective deployment and retention of well trained midwives in communities.

On her part, Saraki, who is the Global Ambassador for Midwifery Services, stated that the midwives can lead the way in quality care provision in the health sector especially at the grassroots, if they are given better working conditions.

According to her, “I wish we could go back to the time when we recruited, trained and equipped about 4,000 midwives before drafting them to rural areas. That move alone caused the rate of maternal and infant deaths to drop by 40 percent.”

“We must also highlight the women-sensitive care midwives provide in families towards preventing maternal and child deaths as well as disabilities by empowering mothers to make healthy and right choices which is key to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030,” she added.

Keita added, “To make this happen, I reiterate that we need to maintain highest global standards and promote enabling environment for midwives to serve the needs of women and their families.

Mrs Saraki added, “I believe that with the recruitment of more midwives, better training and improved working condition for them, we can go along way in reducing deaths among women during childbirth”.

Earlier, Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji, lamented the recent upward surge in the rate of maternal and child deaths in the country, blaming it on the ongoing strike by hospital workers.

He, therefore, called on the federal government to do the needful towards ensuring that the industrial action by Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) is called off.
Source : Independent Newspaper

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