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Midwives’ unsung heroes in maternal, infant mortality fight – NPHCDA

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By Iyemah David

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said Midwives are unsung heroes of the fight against maternal and infant mortality in the country.

It said the tireless efforts of midwives in Nigeria had significantly contributed to reducing the alarming statistics of maternal and under-five mortality rates in the country.

Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Muyi Aina, said this during an interview on Sunday in commemoration of the 2024 International Day of the Midwife.

Midwives are celebrated annually across the globe on May 5. The 2024 theme: “Midwives: A Vital Climate Solution,” highlights the crucial role midwives play in healthcare and climate resilience.

Dr Aina said midwives provided full antenatal care in Nigeria, including clinical examinations, screening, and identifying high-risk pregnancies.

“They also monitor women and support them during labour, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. Additionally, they educate new and expectant mothers on infant care practices.

“The 2024 theme closely aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership through the Renewed Hope Agenda, aimed at enhancing the health and status of women and children in Nigeria.

“Midwives, as guardians of women’s sexual and reproductive health, play a vital role in crafting resilient health systems capable of withstanding the impacts of climate change,” he said.

The NPHCDA chief his extended heartfelt appreciation to nurses and midwives nationwide, recognising their indispensable role in healthcare delivery.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), midwives are essential healthcare providers specialising in pregnancy, childbirth, new-born care, and postpartum health.

Beyond these roles, they also offer routine reproductive services such as pelvic exams, Pap tests, and birth control counselling.

Recognising their holistic approach, midwives prioritise natural methods during pregnancy and childbirth. Many individuals opt for midwifery care for non-medicated births or home deliveries.

Although midwives are typically not physicians, they work closely with obstetricians and gynaecologists in hospitals, ensuring comprehensive care and access to necessary medical interventions.

The 2024 theme aligned closely with COP28 and strategies aimed at enhancing the health and status of women.

Midwifery associations advocated policies that integrated midwives into climate action planning and invested in sustainable midwife-led care models to address climate change’s impacts on health.

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