Nigeria: Maternal Mortality – Midwives Warned to Follow Doctors’ Prescription

In order to reduce the incidences of women dying from child birth and pregnancy related complications, nurses and midwives have been warned to strictly follow the new Midwives Prescription Regime.

The new midwives prescription regime stipulates that midwives must obey and follow strictly the prescription given by Medical Doctors for pregnant women.

Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMWC), Mrs Chika Azuike, gave the warning while receiving Training Arm Models for the 98 Midwifery Schools in Nigeria, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Training Arm Models were donated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Training Arm Models which are part of the essential training equipment as stipulated by the International Confederation of Midwives are meant to provide the midwives with a practical element in their training.

The models will also provide the midwives with exactly the kind of skills-based training for them to function effectively as midwives anywhere in the world.

Mrs Azuike further said: “We have come out with the Midwives Prescribing Regime which have now been incorporated in the Act that set up the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

“What we do as midwives is to strictly implement the prescription of the medical doctor as regards whatever symptom they have seen in any pregnant woman.”

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