In commemoration of the International Day of the Midwife, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated midwives across the nation for their contributions toward the healthcare of Nigerian women and newborns.

He stated that over the years, midwives have helped improve maternal healthcare options available to Nigerian women.

Speaking further, he said “as we mark International Day of the Midwife 2016, the 8th Assembly will partner with organizations and other stakeholders to provide legislation that will help to strengthen the efforts of midwives in Nigeria, to enable them provide better support for expecting mothers.”

According to UNICEF, the chances of Nigerian women dying from pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 13, and presently, only about 20 per cent of health facilities in Nigeria offer emergency obstetric care while only 35 per cent of deliveries are attended by skilled birth attendants.

Midwives are an important part of the Nigerian society. Deaths can be averred if they’re well equipped and made available to everyone.

Author: Ope Adedeji