By Marok Nuhu Haruna
As part of the ways to commemorate the International Day of the
midwives, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WFA), yesterday, said it
will host 98 nursing and midwifery colleges including top policy
makers, international organisations and citizens to discuss on ways
out of continuous maternal and neonatal deaths.
Speaking during a press briefing in Abuja, the president of the
foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki noted that the role of the midwife in
taking safe delivery of pregnant women cannot be overemphasized.
In her words, “it is through midwives that mothers in our mamacare
antenatal and postnatal classes have learnt about pregnancy, labour,
their mental and physical health; and the health of their newborns…
Our midwives teach mothers about financial independence, respectful
relationships, female genital mutilation and mental health.”
Saraki further urged the governments, both at federal and state levels
to respect and pay the nurses and midwives their appropriate salaries
and as at when due, given their vital role in child birth.
Saraki also launched a new instructional medical aid film titled ‘I am
a midwife’. ELANZANEWS