FG set to co-opt midwives graduate into NYSC scheme to combat maternal deaths

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[Abuja]–Federal Government is set to co-opt newly graduated Midwives into the mandatory annual National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, as one of the means to tackle the menace of maternal death and improve workforce of health workers at Primary Healthcare Centers.

This was revealed at the event to commemorate the 2017 International Day of The Midwife (IDM), organised by National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives  (NANNM) in collaboration with the UNFPA.

The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, in his address, expressed sadness over continuous morbidity and mortality of mothers in trying to give life.

He further revealed that the federal government plans to upgrade Midwives Scheme through pre-service training in order to improve their knowledge on latest developments.

According to him, “any government that is desirous of a formidable human resource will need to pay serious attention to pre-service training.

“This will involve regular curriculum review, provision of necessary infrastructure and funding.

“Furthermore, there is also a need to provide opportunity for a systematic process of absorbing fresh graduates into the system.

“Without a well-structured process that is regularly monitored and evaluated, there is bound to be problem of human resource shortage and a disorganized health system,” he said.

“A knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce is an important catalyst for achieving a virile health system and Universal Health Coverage,” he declared.

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