NGO expresses concern over dearth of midwives in Bauchi State

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BAUCHI – ‘T-Ship”, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has expressed concern the shortage of midwives public health institutions Bauchi State.

Dr Halima Mukadas, the Deputy Chief of the organisation the state, said this on Wednesday Bauchi at a -day workshop organised for stakeholders the health sector.

“T-Ship’’, a Targeted State High Impact Project, is jointly funded by USAID and the Bauchi State .

It supports the state the training of manpower, provision of equipment and other materials as well as advocacy the health sector.

She said that the workshop was organised by MAMAYE, a non-governmental organisation that supports “Mamas and Babies’’.

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“We have shortage of human resources for health in the state, especially midwives. In some of our communities, they don’t have midwives, especially those sites that are called MSS sites.

“In our school of midwifery, we have permission from the Nursing and Midwifery Council to admit 50 and graduate 50 if we have the capabilities of those training, because they assessed those

every two years.

“But as I am talking to you now, even if we admit those 50 that have indexing, at the end of the day, we won’t graduate all the 50.

“Maybe, some of them have deficiencies along the way and we end graduating 20 to 25 per year and this is near adequate.

“We are talking of million pregnant women, that is the estimation, it’s even under estimated, we are talking of million pregnant women to be served by how many graduating midwives, 50, it is near enough.”

According to her, the state in collaboration with T-Ship has set up a Community Midwifery Scheme to address the shortage of midwives in the state.

She explained that under the scheme, indigenous candidates were recruited from various communities and posted back to those communities after 18 training to serve communities as midwives.

Mukadas said that the state presently had 25 centres for the training of community midwives which, she noted, was inadequate.

“We should be able to build capacities to conduct normal deliveries properly and be able to identify those deliveries that come with , so that they can give adequate referral.

“And it is just to refer; we should also make sure we equip those referral centres with all the necessary things that make them referral centres.

“Thank God that government has established a to start up the school of Nursing and the School of Midwifery in the state, but up till now, these don’t have accreditations.”

She said that most of the had yet to be accredited because of inability to provide 70 per cent of the necessary requirements for the .

According to her, it the schools are able to take off, it go a long way in providing adequate health personnel for the sector.

She said that the organisation had been working with the state government since 2010 in the areas of service education and pre-service education in health related training institutions in the state. (NAN)

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