Newly graduated Midwives will soon be co-opted into the mandatory annual National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, as one of the means to tackle the menace of maternal death and improve workforce of health workers at Primary Healthcare Centers.
The federal government revealed this at the event to commemorate the 2017 International Day of The Midwife (IDM), organised by National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in collaboration with the UNFPA.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole expressed sadness over continuous morbidity and mortality of mothers in trying to give life.
He noted that the skills of midwives couldn’t be overlooked as far as provision of quality healthcare services was concerned.
Adewole also pointed out that most of the health facilities are lacking in adequate human resources in the area of Midwifery, which could only be tackled through including the new nurses in the mandatory one-year service.
He further said that the federal government plans to upgrade Midwives Schemethrough pre-service training in order to improve their knowledge on latest developments.
“ Any government that is desirous of a formidable human resource will need to pay serious attention to pre-service training. This will involve regular curriculum review, provision of necessary infrastructure and funding.
“A knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce is an important catalyst for achieving a virile health system and Universal Health Coverage.”
Furthermore, there is also a need to provide opportunity for a systematic process of absorbing fresh graduates into the system. Without a well-structured process that is regularly monitored and evaluated, there is bound to be problem of human resource shortage and a disorganized health system,” he said.
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE,