Nigeria Deploys 1400 Midwives to Curb Maternal Mortality
According to the acting executive director of the agency, Dr Emmanuel Odu, said that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is deploying 1,473 newly graduated basic midwives to primary health care facilities in rural areas nationwide on one-year mandatory service.
The deployment is under the midwives service scheme, an intervention started since 2009, to reduce the number of women and children who due from pregnancy-related complications. NPHCDA has already staged orientation for a first batch of 443 midwives in Abuja; a second and third batch will undergo orientation in Kaduna and Edo, respectively, and he assured federal government would work with state and local governments to sustain the programme. All tiers of government contribute to the welfare of midwives on the programme but waning concern and poor funding has hampered commitments from states and local government. The programme came under serious pressure after funding from SURE-P phased out in 2015. But a N1 billion appropriation in the 2016 federal budget to fund maternal and child health interventions by NPHCDA is paying for the midwives scheme at present.