Int’l Midwives Day: Obaseki Harps On Collaboration With NPHCDA, Ngos, Others To Improve Women, Child Healthcare

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Edo
State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration will
leverage collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders
including the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),
and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to improve access to quality
and affordable healthcare for women and children in the state.

The
governor said this in commemoration of the International Midwives Day,
marked every May 5, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other
organs of the United Nations (UN).

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According
to the governor, “As the world marks the International Midwives Day, we
will continue to collaborate with partners to sustain efforts at
improving quality and affordable healthcare for women and children
through the revamp of the state’s primary health care system.”

“With
the Edo Healthcare Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP), midwives and other
workers at the Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) are being trained to be
more efficient at their work, provide top-of-the-range services to the
public and respond more passionately to their duties. This is to ensure
that more people, especially women and children with health needs in
rural areas and villages, access quality and affordable health care to
improve their wellbeing.”

Noting
that the training programme will cover 1700 health workers in PHCs
across the state, he said, “We are determined to build the capacity of
midwives to change from their old ways to improved methods of providing
health services. Birth attendants are being trained to be more
professional and handle pregnant women with care to prevent maternal and
child mortality.”

“We
are working with the National Nursing Council and relevant bodies on
reviewing curriculum, getting accreditation and reopening the Edo State
School of Nursing and Midwifery to offer training and retraining for
midwives in the state,” he added.

He
said PHCs sited in rural areas are being fitted with supplies and
highly trained and motivated personnel while provision has been made for
constant power supply to forestall the incidence of power cuts.

According to the WHO, “Midwives educated and qualified to international standards can provide 87% of services needed by mothers and newborns.Women
in receipt of WHO recommended midwife-led continuity of care experience
a 24% reduction of preterm births, are 16% less likely to lose their
baby, and report higher satisfaction with their birth experience.”

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