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24 complete midwifery course in Paktika

24 complete midwifery course in Paktika

Aug 08, 2011 - 16:04

SHARAN (PANinfo-icon): Twenty-four females have completed an 18-month midwifery course in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Monday.

It was the first batch of midwives in the province to complete the training course, Governor Mohibullah Samim told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He thanked public healthinfo-icon officials for arranging the course and asked the graduates to serve womeninfo-icon and children in their respective areas.  He assured them of all possible support.  

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon), the course was organised by the International Medical Corps (IMC).

"Residents of the province are facing many problems in field of midwifery. But with the graduation of the 24 midwives, the problems will be resolved to some extent," said one of the organisers, Dr. Shakila Baidar.

Director of Women Affairs Bibi Hawa Khushiwal said the course was important in terms of checking high mother and child mortality rates in the province.

"If a female doctor examines a woman patient, she can better diagnose her problem than a male doctor," said Dr. Laila, head of the gynecology ward at the Sharan Civil Hospital.



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