The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has deployed one thousand, three hundred and thirty-five (1,335) basic midwives out of a total of one thousand five hundred and eighty-nine basic midwives targeted for Orientation to revitalized Primary Healthcare Centers and other areas of critical need on Nigeria.
The agency says the deployment is in line with government Commitment to ensure functionality of revitalized Primary Health Care Centers with adequate human resources especially in the rural areas.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the orientation program and capacity building for the new Basic Midwives held in Abuja recently.
He said the government’s partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) to engage and deploy the Basic Midwives on one – year compulsory community service was part of the concerted efforts to reduce the current high rate of maternal,child/infant morbidity and mortality in the country.
The Executive Director described midwives as critical stakeholders in the production of effective Primary Healthcare services in the country.
He told the midwives that they would be trained on Emergency Obstetric Care (EMOC), Life Saving Skills (LSS), and other critical life-saving skills to build their capacity and equip them with adequate knowledge and skills for the task ahead.
He also admonished them to cultivate good behavior and inter-personal communication skills that would endear them to their communities and clients and thus improve demand for their services at the primary health care facilities.
Dr. Faisal disclosed that two (2) midwives would be deployed to each prioritized health facility and that a monthly stipend of N30, 000.00 would be paid to each of them.
The Executive Director who expressed great delight over 100% retention of the last year batch of the Basic Midwives by some states to which they were deployed called on benefiting states and Local Government Areas to encourage the midwives with necessary support and incentives to ensure maximum productivity in their duty post.
Speaking, Mr. Yahaya Sumi, Deputy Director, Special Duties, Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), congratulated the Basic Midwives on being part of the historic initiative to strengthen delivery of PHC services in the Country.
He advised them to collaborate with other health workers in their various places of assignment to ensure provision of the best possible quality of care to their communities and improve their professional skills.
He also urged them to be diligent and focused in discharging their duties and described the one -year mandatory service as one of the criteria to obtain their full certification and License and warned them of any misconduct or indiscipline during the period.
Also speaking, Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu of the World Health Organization applauded the initiative, as it has a direct positive impact on the lives of mothers and children in the country.
He pledged the continued support of WHO to the Federal Government of Nigeria in their quest to improve health care services in country.
In her good will message, Mrs. Folashade Komolafe of National Population Commission commended NPHCDA’s inspiring initiative to strengthen healthcare.
She said the partnership of the Agency and the Commission has provided a unique opportunity to improve coverage for vital registration and ascertaining an accurate data on the population of children and women of child-bearing age, as well as other indices to improve health care delivery in the Country.