First Lady lauds midwives for reduction in infant mortality

The First Lady, Lordina Mahama, has commended midwives for their role in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in the country.

She said statistics had shown a decrease in infant mortality from 900 to 300, out of 100,000 women who died after birth, and attributed that to the hard work and dedication of midwives, and expressed her commitment to improve the standards and professionalism of the health-care staff, especially midwives.

She gave the commendation at the International Day of The Midwife, organised in Takoradi, to appreciate the good work of midwives around the world.

Mrs. Mahama, however, expressed worry about the rate at which 30 per cent of women who benefited from ante-natal care ended up delivering at home, instead of at health facilities.

midwives pixThe practice, according to her, was unacceptable since the majority of maternal deaths were due to unsupervised deliveries.

She urged the general public to get on board in championing the immunisation services in the country, since it was one of the most cost-effective interventions in reducing communicable diseases and under-five morbidity and mortality.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s International Day of the Midwife in Takoradi, the president of the Association, Mrs. Joyce Jetuah, appealed to government and civil society organisations to invest in midwifery especially in rural areas.

Mrs. Jetuah said despite efforts by midwives to save lives of mothers and children so as to reduce maternal mortality, they were not given the recognition they deserved.

She said it was time for the public to highlight the importance of midwifery in the country.

“It is time for our work to be appreciated in the country since the future of the country is in the hands of women through the help of a midwife,”

Mrs Jetuah also called on midwives to be professional in dealing with their clients.

The Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, Felix Nyanteh, stressed the need for midwives to acquaint themselves with the code of ethics of their profession.

He said the Council would collaborate with stakeholders in the health sector to support midwifery.

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