FGN deploys 443 basic midwives for MSS in rural communities
At a Flag-Off Orientation and Documentation of Basic Midwives held in Abuja on Friday, the Acting Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr. Emmanuel Odu, who declared the two day event open, said the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, is set to deploy 433 basic Midwives to rural communities for the Midwives Service Scheme, MSS, and that the fresher basic midwives were on a mandatory one year service delivery in Primary Health Care facilities in communities across the country. Speaking to newsmen, Odu said that the basic midwives have to undergo a mandatory service delivery service which is in partnership with the Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Odu said,
‘’ There is a partnership arrangement whereby the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and NPHCDA for any new midwife to undergo a mandatory service delivery initiative just like the compulsory NYSC for graduates from the University.’’ ‘’This is to deploy them to health centres in various communities to get experiences by improving health service delivery, through caring for mothers, children and the vulnerable in our communities.’ He said, ’’We are actually transiting from our famous MSS programme, by design the MSS programme was to transit into state ownership and to a great extent many of the states have absorbed many of the midwives into their regular staff, they have become their members of staff under the employments of the various states and some cases local government areas.’’ He disclosed that the basic midwives would be deployed to those places where they can work with adequate drugs and commodities and other infrastructure like water, sanitation and hygiene, He said that the team of basic midwives are expected to compliment health service providers on ground at primary health care facilities for improved health delivery.
It is only at the end of this that the midwives would be given their licences and it starts now. It is a new phenomenon and it is encouraging,