Jane Frances Acam, the Principal nursing officer in charge of midwifery services in the ministry of health, has urged Midwives to always uphold professional values, in order to reduce on cases of maternal and infant mortality.
Acam said this on Tuesday at the start of a two-day workshop in Kabale, organized by the Ministry of health in conjunction with National Midwives Association of Uganda-(NMAU) and Kabale district health department ahead of the National celebrations for the International Day of Midwives.
The workshop is part of this year’s celebrations to be held at Kigezi primary playground under the theme, “100 years of progress” where the guest of honor is expected to be the Vice President of Uganda Jessica Alupo.
Acam, observed said that over 80 percent of the maternal and prenatal deaths recorded annually in Uganda, are as a result of negligence by midwives and other health workers, saying that this can only be reduced by midwives upholding their moral and professional values.
National celebrations for the International Day of Midwives, which is always commemorated on 5th May every year, will be held at Kigezi High school primary playground in Kabale Municipality.
Over 600 midwives from across the country are expected to grace this year’s international day of Midwives.
Paddy Mwesigye, The Assistant district health officer in charge of maternal and child health who is also chairperson of the organizing committee, said that the two-day training is aimed at sharing researched information and experiences about the fate of midwifery in Uganda, with an aim of bettering health services, especially reducing maternal and infant mortality.