17 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Nurses to Undergo Midwifery Training

AT least 15 nurses in Mashonaland West will undergo a 12-month midwifery training course at Chinhoyi Hospital in efforts to boost the number of critical staff in the province. In an interview recently, Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital medical superintendent

Dr Collett Mawire said the training programme would improve maternal and neo-natal care in hospitals in the province.

The institution will also train staff from other provinces.

"This programme will help in keeping nurses that are already in the system and to equip them with skills for quality maternal and neo-natal care," he said.

The training, which started last week, was a post-basic training programme that would help nurses specialise and develop skills in a particular field.

He said the hospital would have two intakes per year while downsizing on the number of Registered General Nurses training.

Dr Mawire said there was need for Government intervention in making available teaching staff.

"One of our major challenges is that of accommodation and teaching space while teaching staff levels need to be augmented.

"But I think Government is doing something to address the situation," he said.

The increase in the number of midwives will help in reducing child mortality and morbidity caused by poor handling of pregnancies and delivery.

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