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Midwives’ Roles Acknowledged

 The role of midwives in our societies was yesterday acknowledged at the opening of the 75th International “Midwifery Today” Conference at the Fiji National University Pasifika Campus in Suva. Prime
21 Jun 2016 10:29
Midwives’ Roles Acknowledged
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the official opening of the International Midwifery today conference yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 The role of midwives in our societies was yesterday acknowledged at the opening of the 75th International “Midwifery Today” Conference at the Fiji National University Pasifika Campus in Suva.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, while opening the conference, said midwives were among the most valued and respected individuals in our society.

“The birth of a child is a moment of great stress for any woman,” he said.

“But the joy that also accompanies childbirth is always made much greater by the comfort and support of the person who delivers the baby and assists the mother in her most critical hour.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important you are in all our societies.”

Fiji Midwifery Society president Matron Aliote Galuvakadua said they organised such conferences to enhance local midwives’ practice  and skills.

“We would like the midwives to come in and up their skill, share ideas and knowledge with our overseas counterparts who are here.

Fiji Director Nursing Services Silina Waqa Ledua said the conference programme was practical-oriented to enhance and strengthen midwifery practice in the country.

“That is the bottom line of it. We are also looking at how we can improve midwifery practice particularly in countries like Fiji,” she said.

Nursing Services looks to train, recruit more midwives

Ms Ledua said they were looking at training and recruiting more midwives in Fiji.

“The Ministry of Health’s Strategic Plan in terms of human resource is that we are trying to look at having three to four midwives per 1000 population,” she said.

“If that happens we should have about roughly close to 3000 midwives. We are close to 400 in numbers now.”

Society president Matron Galuvakadua said they were also looking into improving working conditions and incentives of midwives.

Mr Bainimarama, while opening the week-long conference,  echoed similar sentiments saying that Government was working towards enhancing the status of midwives by establishing them as a specialist class, resources permitting  giving them the career paths and better pay they deserve.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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