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Follow Doctors’ Prescription, Nigerian Midwives Told

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

Nurses and midwives practising in Nigeria have been warned to strictly follow the new Midwives Prescription Regime, if the country must reduce the incidence of women dying from child birth and pregnancy related complications.

Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMWC), Mrs Chika Azuike, who gave the warning while receiving Training Arm Models for the 98 Midwifery Schools in Nigeria, in Abuja, Friday, explain that the new midwives prescription regime stipulates that midwives must obey and follow strictly, the prescription given by Medical Doctors for pregnant women.

“We have come out with the Midwives Prescribing Regime which have now been incorporated in the Act that set up the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria,” Azuike said.

According to her, the midwife is expected to strictly implement the prescription of the medical doctor as regards whatever symptom they have seen in the pregnant woman.

“ Closely to this is to tell the midwives that they can overcome pregnant women having complications by not to prescribing drugs but following the doctor’s instruction.

She said: “ Drug prescription, especially in the tertiary institutions such Teaching and Specialist hospitals are the exclusive reserve of the medical doctors. So, the midwives are to comply with the instruction of the doctors.”

Training Arm Models, donated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), are part of the essential training equipment as stipulated by the International Confederation of Midwives meant to provide the midwives with a practical element in their training.

The models will also provide the midwives with exactly the kind of skills-based training for them to function effectively as midwives anywhere in the world.

Speaking while donating the Models, the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, lamented that 111 women die every day during child birth and from pregnancy related complications.

She explained that there is scientific evidence that 30 per cent of maternal deaths can be prevented by increasing access to, and uptake of contraceptives.

While reiterating the relevance of midwives in the reduction of maternal and infant deaths, the UNFPA representatives said: “Nigeria’s profile in the state of the Midwifery report reveals that by 2030, Nigeria’s population is projected to increase by 62 per cent to 273.1 million.

“To achieve universal access to sexual, reproductive, maternal and new born care, midwifery services must respond to 12.8 million pregnancies per annum by 2030, 59 per cent of these in rural settings.

“The health system implications include how best to configure and equitably deploy the Sexual and Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH) workforce to cover at leat 837.4 million antenatal visits, 163.8 million births and 655.4 million post-partum/postnatal visits between 2012 and 2030.

“Midwives are in the best position to provide these critical services for mothers and their babies by virtue of their training.”

On her part, the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, while applauding the UNFPA for the donation said that the impact of the training models will go far beyond the 98 midwifery schools that they will be sent to.