Twenty two midwives trained on maternal mortality rate

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Twenty two [22] midwives have been trained on maternal mortality rate on Friday by Chinese medical team in Juba.

The one-day training was aimed at strengthening doctors’ capacity of midwifery to deliver high quality maternal and newborn services to the health care sector in the country.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Dr Zhu Changhong said midwives can help to substantially reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths in the health sector.

“We understand that access to medical care is limited that is why we have carried out this training for midwifery in the new born department to raise safety and treatment of the new born baby unit. The Chinese Medical Team have close relationship with doctors and nurses in Juba teaching hospital. While progress has been made, there is still much to be done.

“The maternal mortality rate has significantly decreased since intervention of the medical team through targeted in-service programming and emphasis on emergency obstetric and new born skills,” Zhu said.

He revealed that the training will strengthen health systems to provide an enabling environment in the health sector.

“In future, we shall still work together to share our experience with South Sudanese doctors in the country,” Zhu said.

Fatima K. Joseph, a nurse in New Born Unit appreciated the Chinese doctors for their efforts.

“Most people think that midwifery is a job for females only but that is not the truth. If we receive the new born baby from the maternal sector, we all take care of it so we must learn how to nurse,” said the nurse.

In 2019, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) South Sudan said the highest maternal death rate in the world was estimated at 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. Most women die during child birth and this is due to delivery complications. Most of these deaths would be avoidable if women had access to obstetric care according to UNPFA.    

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