Health worker calls for increased number of midwives

The President of Rwanda Midwifery Association Ms Josephine Murekezi has called on the Ministry of Health to increase the number of midwives in the country.

“We need to invest more in midwifery to reduce maternal mortality,” said Ms Murekezi during the celebration of the International Day of the Midwife. The celebration was held at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and Midwifery in Muhanga District, Southern Province.

She urged the Ministry of Health to deploy midwives to hospitals and health centres as soon as they graduate. She revealed that while the required number of midwives across the country is 3600, only 1100 midwives are deployed in hospitals and health centres.

Dr. Fr. Mazarati, the Deputy Director General of the National Reference Laboratory, who represented the Minster of Health, said that Government was committed to improving healthcare. “It is the pledge of the Government to do anything possible to provide quality health care,” he said.

He urged midwives to love their job and do it well. “Be passionate about midwifery. That is when you will do it well. If you are not passionate, it is better to leave the profession,” he said.

In a speech read for him by Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa, UNFPA Representative, Mr. Jozef Maerien said that UNFPA is committed to boosting the number of competent midwives, improving midwifery education, regulation and association to ensure women’s health and wellbeing in pregnancy and childbirth. “Expanding the ranks of well-trained midwives, working alongside other health professionals, could greatly reduce maternal and child mortality,” he said.

Training

Apart from the celebration of the International Day of the Midwife, the Rwanda Association of Midwives deployed midwives to conduct midwifery training sessions at Kirehe, Kibogora, Nyagatare, Kabgayi, Kabutare and Ruhengeri Hospitals.

The event was attended by practicing midwives, students and teachers of midwifery and Ministry of Health officials among others.