Vanguard (Lagos)

4 August 2012

Nigeria: FG to Deploy 581 Midwives to Check Maternal, Child Mortality

THE Federal Government has lamented the growing child and maternal mortality rate in the country and expressed its readiness to check the incidence.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammad, who disclosed this during a workshop in Benin City, disclosed that in order to drastically reduce maternal and child mortality through the Primary Health Care Services, the Federal Government, will deploy over 581 midwives to over one thousand communities across the country.

The government said that the Midwives will be deployed to work in 250 general hospitals with a view to make pregnancy safer and reduce maternal and child mortality to the barest minimum.

The Executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, PHCDA, Dr. Ado Mohammad in a speech delivered by Mr. Jubril Abdullah, Director PHCDA, to the midwives said "the federal government is committed to expending material and financial resources on this project and other strategic initiatives to turn around maternal and child health fortunes and attainment of the millennium development goals, MDG".

He attributed maternal and child mortality to the poor access of quality health care, noting that " primary health care and community level can be minimized and mitigated through an effective primary health care system".

In the speech presented by the Representative of the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Mercy Nnadi, she admonished newly qualified midwives under the MSS to stay in the areas they are deployed to, warning that "you will not be paid if you are found to show lassitude to your job.

"The sole objective of the scheme is to provide quick intervention that would drastically reduce maternal and child's death in the country as well as enhance the attainment of the MDG 4 and 5".

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