Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Agency trains more midwives

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says it has trained 1,447 midwives in Kaduna state under its Midwives Service Scheme (MSS).

Executive Director of the NPHCDA Professor Echezona Ezeanolue, who disclosed this in Kaduna during the orientation of some the newly trained midwives, said the Agency would continue to improve on the skills of midwives.

He said that the health workers were trained on life saving skills, modified life-saving skills and other skills and competencies to improve the quality of healthcare at the primary level.

He said that the scheme was introduced by the federal government to reverse the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

He said: “our objective in the MSS is to make pregnancy safer and ensure attendance of skilled midwives during delivery. The ultimate goal to reduce maternal and child mortality to the barest minimum.

Ezeanolue noted that the scheme had not only helped in reducing the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria, but had also helped in revitalizing primary healthcare services in the country.

“I wish to reiterate that the rate of maternal and newborn deaths in Nigeria remain national tragedy. The life of any Nigerian woman lost during pregnancy and child birth is a loss to our human capital. The loss of mothers and newborns are linked to delay in recognising that there is a problem and that healthcare must be sought,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Kaduna state Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo, reiterated the commitment of the government to ensure that every woman in the state had access to quality delivery.

He added that the government was committed to revive primary healthcare to improve access to healthcare delivery.

In his remarks at the occasion, Duro Mohammed, a member of the society for Obstetricians and Gynecologist, promised that the association would assist midwives in the state. (NAN)


Nigeria’s Midwives Service Scheme MSS

Nigeria established the MSS in 2009 to improve the availability of skilled birth attendants especially in rural areas.

The aim is to facilitate an increase in the coverage of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.

The MSS is based on a cluster model in which four selected primary healthcare facilities with the facility to provide Basic Essential Obstetric Care (BEOC) are clustered around a General hospital with capacity to provide Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (CEOC). A midwife is deployed to each selected PHC, ensuring 24 hour provision of MCH services and access to skilled attendance at all births to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity. The MSS currently covers 163 clusters, which have 652 PHCs and 163 general hospitals. The MSS hopes to strengthen the PHC system by distributing basic equipment (midwifery kits, BP apparatus etc.) to 652 facilities through the vaccine logistics system.

The MSS has established/reactivated ward development committees at all MSS PHCs to ensure community participation and ownership in its implementation.