75 community midwives receive appointment letter, posting ordersMarch 8, 2016
KARACHI: As many as 75 Community Midwives (CMW) have received appointment letters and posting orders from People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) in provincial certification ceremony held at Koohi Goth Women Hospital Karachi.
The provincial certification ceremony was jointly organized by Koohi Goth Women Hospital, People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI), Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH) and School of Midwifery at Koohi Goth Malir.
Senior leader Pakistan Medical Association, Dr Shershah Syed, while addressing the ceremony, said community midwives had played a major role in reduction of maternal death ratio across the world. He said the provincial government had taken a positive step by giving administrative powers to non-functional healthcare centre of province to PPHI.
He appreciated the role of PPHI in improving the standard of health facilities and hoped that maternal mortality rate will be reduced across the Sindh province in next five years. He said ban on marriage below 18-year-age in Sindh province will also help to decrease the maternal death rate in the province.
Senior Gynaecologist, Prof Dr Sadiqa Jaffray, stressed the need for improvement in training standard of community midwives. She said there is not only shortage of health care providers in the country but quality of training is also very poor; therefore. there is dire need of improvement in standard of training.
Dr Sajjad Ahmed Siddiqui of PNFWH said maternal mortality rate could not be reduced to a significant level despite the mass level training of community midwives due to training faults and unavailability of proper structure.
Senior Midwife, Mrs Imtiaz Kamal, said community midwives profession could not get recognition in the society despite the passage of 68 years. She said midwives had been struggling to reduce the mortality ratio in the country and also get respectable place in society.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PPHI, Riaz Ahmed Memon, congratulated the community midwives over completion of two-year training course. He also distributed appointment letters and posting orders in 75 community midwives from PPHI. Community Midwife Uroosa Gohar, Samina Naaz and other also addressed the ceremony.