The First Lady, Her Excellency Lordina Mahama, has called on all professional midwives? groupings and associations in the country to unite their ranks, so to be able to tackle head-on, the problems on maternal health.
Mrs. Mahama observes that since there are different active midwives associations in the country, they may also have different objectives as groups, but noted that it is important that they remain united and focused.
Lady Mahama said this when delivering Keynote Address at the launch of the 22nd International Day of the Midwife in Wa in the Upper West Region, Thursday.
?There are different active midwives associations. You may have your different objectives as groups, but it is important that you remain united and focused?; the First Lady said.
The sub-theme for the celebration was, ?in unity midwives deliver?. She reminded the midwives never to forget that they are the most critical players in improving Maternal Health.
The first lady says, as a mother, she recognizes the work of the midwife as one that is vital for human survival. Therefore any opportunity to meet with them and encourage them to continue their noble work is very important to her.
?I am here with you today, because as a mother I recognize the work of the midwife as one that is vital for human survival. Therefore any opportunity to meet with you and encourage you to continue your noble work is very important to me?; Mrs. Dramani Mahama said.
She told the gathering that midwives are a key factor in ?our struggle to reduce maternal mortality, adding that, this is especially so in our rural communities.
In remote rural communities, she noted midwives are lifesavers and life givers. ?In many remote areas they are the only source of access to healthcare; Lordina Mahama said.
She said midwives do not only assist with pregnancy and childbirth. They take care of family planning and provide care and nutritional support for newborns and their mothers.
She recognizes the good work of two of our hardworking midwives for bringing international glory and honour to Ghana. These are; Madam Mariama Issaka and Madam Magdalene Juliet Acquah. They have won international awards for their innovations- the ZORKOR INITIATIVE and the BIRTHING STOOLS. The first lady noted that the underlying factor for their achievements is teamwork, respect for community norms and good communication.
?Every blessed day gives us a new opportunity to save the lives of women, girls and babies, who form our country?s next generation. The time is now and we must all agree and be determined that no woman should die while giving birth?; The First Lady said.
She assured that the government of President Mahama is committed to expanding health facilities across the country, to improve the road networks and also enhance the welfare of health workers.
This President believes, according to the First Lady, would not only help reduce maternal mortality, but also improve general access to health care across the country.
His Government has also decided to continue the expansion of existing midwife and nurses training colleges and also establish new colleges. I am also happy to announce that work is also ongoing to introduce the Certificate in Midwifery Training Programme. ?There are a number of good things happening!?; she said.