Gvt urged to retain midwives
19 December 2016
THE government has been called to continue putting more incentives to retain midwives amid revelations that there has been a ‘massive exodus’ of this cadre.
Speaking during the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM) conference last week, ZICOM president, Lillian Dodzo without giving statistics said 2016 had been characterised with serious exodus of midwives who have moved to countries like Namibia among others.
“We hope one day the Ministry will be able to retain the midwives. This year many midwives have the country to seek better remunerations in other countries such as Namibia and leaving our own women, newborns and families suffering,” she said.
Dr Dodzo underscored the role midwives could play in averting maternal and neonatal deaths adding that they critical if the country was meet its Sustainable Development Goals targets.
“Maternal and neonatal deaths in Zimbabwe can be prevented if women and newborns have universal access to well-educated and regulated midwives in a health system with adequate material resources.
“The reality in our work places is that both human and material resources are not available and this is compromising the quality of care given to clients and it is a demotivating factor to the few midwives who are with the clients all the time,” she added.
“We are being reminded of our critical role in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our focus should be on further reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and ensuring universal access to healthcare services.
“This points to the need for the Government to continue training more midwives so that the women and newborns have access to quality care by the midwives. There is also a call for this care to patient centered or people centered.”
Dodzo thanked the Government ensuring that there were more midwifery school in the country, urging the midwives to be patient.
“However, I urge all midwives to be patient and continue to work with use of the minimal resources that are available until we reach our goal.
“We acknowledge the effort by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to make sure there is a midwifery school in each province and availing teaching and learning materials.
“Adequate preparation of midwives is critical as we experience the high mortality rates in the country and we hope one day the Ministry will be able to retain the midwives,” she said.