N’East: Don advocates establishment of schools of midwifery
By Rita Michael,
Government and other stakeholders have been urged to established more schools of
midwifery in the North East Nigeria to reduced maternal and child death rate.
The Acting Director, School of Midwifery, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Bauchi Teaching Hospital, (ATBUTH), Hajiya Binta Abdulkareem, made the
appeal in Bauchi.
She said, "We have limited schools of midwifery in the region that can not meet
up with the demand of people.
“We are appealing to religious leaders, philanthropists, NGOs, and government
to establish more schools of midwifery in the North East that will take care of
pregnant women and children. For instance, in the past Bauchi State had only
one school of midwifery that produced midwives; thank God the state has
established additional one in the state, with that more midwives will be trained.
"The number of students or graduates that come out from the school can not
obviously meet up with the population of the state becouse we graduate not more
than 70 to 80 midwives yearly and they can't meet up with the number of
health facilities in the state compare to other states in the southern part of
the country that don't have such population, but have more than 3 to 4
schools of midwifery that will at least take care of the population. So we need
more schools for the training of midwives to tackle
the challenges of mother child mortality."
According to her, midwives are the integral part of Maternity that saves the mother
and the children during antenatal, and post antenatal.
She said, "Midwives have the responsibility of a pregnancy check up in a
hospital. Midwifery, known as obstetrics, is a health science and health
profession that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period
(including care of the newborn), besides sexual and reproductive health of
women throughout their lives."
Binta however commended the management of ATBUTH for giving the school
of Midwifery a sense of belonging and placing it on high premium.
The Acting Director also appealed to Federal Government to affiliate the
school with the school of Medicine ATBUTH Bauchi, adding that the
Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), one year mandatory service for the final
year students posted to health facilities in the communities by the Federal
Government was effective, it serves as training ground to practicalise the
scientific principle of every act and groom them on how to pick women
during pre and post natal. So also acquainted them with referrals
techniques." she said