Midwives across the nation are celebrating the International Midwives day to draw attention to the facilitation of the upgrade of their services.
Our Health correspondent, Jacqueline Ogoh reports that it is the International Day of the Midwife and Issues hampering the effectiveness of midwifery, were up for assessment.
The wife of the senate president, Toyin Saraki is President of the Well-being Foundation Africa, which champions the campaign for the safety of women and midwives.
In some local communities in Nigeria, midwives work under the weight of difficulties. Many health care centres don’t have adequate light and water supply, among other crucial needs. So midwives go to the well to fetch water for childbirth. Should the govt allow this continue?
The midwives know the way to ensure the safety of mother and child. They have the right instructions.
Some traditional birth attendants try to play the role of midwives without the right training, especially, on how to handle emergencies.
An estimated 53, 000 women and 250,000 newborn die annually in Nigeria due to preventable causes.
The midwives say to change that, they need drugs for mother and child, water and light, injectable antibiotics, respiratory and resuscitation machines, oxygen for emergencies and a better pay, amongst others.