Maternal And Neonatal Deaths Can Be Reduced Through Training Skilled Birth Attendance

The Principle of Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), Petronilla Wawa Habib looks at training midwives as one of the ways to enhance reduction of deaths related to pregnancy cases.

Maternal And Neonatal Deaths Can Be Reduced Through Training Skilled Birth Attendance
Mothers at Rijong Health Clinic in Terekeka State [Photo by Jok P. Mayom]

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 28 May 2016 [Gurtong] - According to the National Household Survey, 2006, the only data available in the country, South Sudan has the worst maternal mortality ratio in the world standing at a staggering figure of 2054 death of women in 100,000 live births. Maternal morbidity is greater than 6,000 per 100,000 live births.

Only 14.2% of deliveries are attended by skilled birth attendants and the caesarean section rate is less than 0.5%.

Petronilla believes that training more midwives in the country will reduce the highest maternal death of women due pregnancy related cases.

The country being one of the worst affected by conflict and wars, has felt the severity. Most practicing health professional cadres received limited professional health training during the war.

“Of the more than 46,000 health workers who are presently operational, less than 10-20% has received more than 9 months of any form of professional training. This situation is made worse by the severe urban-rural bias,” according to the National Household Survey, 2006.

However, the government on the other hand has attested its pledge to renew efforts to ensure fewer mothers die during delivery; part of this plan is training skilled birth attendance, professional midwives.

The Principle says her college came into force since 2010 following the Household Survey.

She said her college came up after having seen mothers losing their lives.

“We found out that reduction of the maternal death and neonatal death is only possible through training of skilled birth attendance – that is training of midwives - who undergo real set of curriculum where they are trained everything” said Wawa.

She added once the midwives are well trained, they can be able to attend to the women, diagnose them, see them before they go into complications and see to it that they are helped.

Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery has so far since its inception in 2010 graduated 114 students of which 55 of them were midwives.

“This year we have 24 midwives in second year and 16 midwives in first year, 29 nurses in second year and 14 nurses in first year.  But we have made an intake of which we are going to have new intake which will be 60” said Wawa.

She stressed the need for training saying it is one of the ways the deaths of mothers will be reduced in the country.
 

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