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Practicing Midwife At 70

At 70, Diana Kata Tukana is still practicing what she loves – delivering babies. Mrs Tukana is a midwife at the Suva Private Hospital. She has been practicing since 1986.
06 May 2015 13:56
Practicing Midwife At 70
Members of Midwives Society, from left, Chandra Dayal, Latileta Gumatua, Tarai Nakolonivalu, Lavenia Rasole and Sera Witherow during marking of International Midwives Day in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

At 70, Diana Kata Tukana is still practicing what she loves – delivering babies.

Mrs Tukana is a midwife at the Suva Private Hospital. She has been practicing since 1986. She graduated as a nurse in 1965.

She was among the hundreds who gathered yesterday at the Holiday Inn Suva to commemorate World Midwives Day 2015.

Mrs Tukana has never regretted taking up the responsibility of becoming a midwife.

This, she said was because she was always able to witness parents welcoming a new addition to their families. An indescribable moment,” she said.

“I wanted to do this because when you are not a midwife you are really not entitled to doing all those and as midwives we can know the abnormalities. We are the ones who tell the doctors that this is happening and you must come now and see the mother and if they do not come, we sort of know what to do before the doctor comes.”

Meanwhile, Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, while officiating at the celebration, said midwives could help prevent two thirds of all maternal deaths and half of newborn deaths provided they were well-educated, well-equipped, well-supported and authorised.

“It is very important for midwives to respect the culture, values and religion of the people in the community in order to save newborns. We need to also sensitise traditional leaders and other community leaders to utilize the health facilities. Women need to be empowered with education and skills so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their babies. Midwives need to be skilled in neonatal resuscitation and other life-saving skills,” she said.

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar, has reassured midwives that the ministry was committed to prioritising the training of midwives in the country.

“The Ministry also takes into consideration that we need to train at least 40 midwives per year for the next five years to reach the ultimate goal that all birthing units are manned by qualified midwives,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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