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Most eastern zone hospitals deprived of midwife services

Most eastern zone hospitals deprived of midwife services

May 19, 2015 - 19:31

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The mortality rate has been reduced in areas where midwives provide services where the same ratio is high in areas where there healthinfo-icon centers are facing shortage of midwives, officials said on Tuesday.

On the eve of international midwife day in Jalalabad City, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, Najibullah Kamawal, head of Nangarhar civil hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 617 midwives had been graduated from the hospital since 2002.

Almost 90 percent of the trained midwives had jobs which reduced mortality rates where they were discharging their duties.

“Mortality ratio was 1,600 per 100,000 in Afghanistaninfo-icon which has been reduced to 327 after training of midwives,” Kamawal recalled.

Dr Wahidi Zahiri, director of midwives in Nangarhar, said: “We do not have midwives due to worst law and order in Nuristan, Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces. Only 10 percent of graduated midwives cannot go to their duty stations.”

Sherin Gul, director of Laghman midwives association, seconded Zahiri’s statement could truly depicted Laghman province situation too.

Dr Khadija Sapi, in charge of a Norwegian NGO, suggested focus on midwives training in remote areas. She assured her organization extended support to health ministry mainly focusing on midwives training in far-flung areas.

Salma Ahmedzai, a graduate from Nangarhar medical institute, said midwives did not want to perform services because of deteriorated security in remote areas. “The family members do not allow midwives to work in far-flung areas,” she mentioned.

To encourage the midwives, Kamawal said that government would encourage them and would enhance their pay and other benefits.



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