Midwives Urged To Help Promote Maternal Health

Agroup photograph of the council membersDr  George Kumi Kyeremeh, Director for Nursing and Midwifery at the Ministry of Health (MOH), has asked midwives to develop and promote intra-professional cohesion towards the attainment of the national objective of zero tolerance for maternal mortality.

“There is no excuse for a woman to lose her life while bringing another life into the world”, he said at the launch of the 80th anniversary celebration of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA), in Accra on Thursday.

He urged midwives to improve upon their technical competence and interpersonal relationship through innovative and proven interventions, to ensure good quality midwifery care.

Mr. Kyeremeh asked midwives to discharge their duties professionally, cautioning, “Midwives who do not practice in line with standards, would be disciplined in accordance with the professional code of ethics”.

He advised student midwives to study hard, be disciplined, caring and compassionate, which are the hallmarks of the profession they decided to join.

Mr. Kyeremeh reminded them that “without clients, there will be no midwife, no training institution and no health facility, and we would, indeed, have nothing to boast about”.

Launching the celebration, Hajia Mariama Sumani, the Chairman of the National Midwifery Council, appealed to the GRMA to initiate strategies that would move the association forward.

She cited the low membership of the association as one of its major limitations, saying that a total of 6,021 midwives had been trained in Ghana from 2009 to 2014, but the membership of the associations remained low.

Hajia Sumani noted that some private health facilities had collapsed due to lack of succession plans, and urged the midwives to be united and committed to their work to enable them move to greater heights.

The 80th anniversary celebration would be marked by exhibitions health screening, clean-up exercises, and donations to schools among other activities.

By Linda Aryeetey

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