By Alex Byakatonda

KABALE: With one day to the International Day of Midwives, the Principal nursing officer in charge of midwifery services in the ministry of health, Jane Frances Acam, has urged Midwives to always uphold professional values, in order to reduce cases of maternal and infant mortality deaths.

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, under the theme”100 years of progress”.

Over 600 midwives from across the country are expected to grace this year’s international day of Midwives.

Speaking Tuesday at the official opening of a two-day workshop at Cephas Inn, organized by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with National Midwives Association of Uganda-(NMAU) and Kabale district health department, Acam, observed 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.

This, she said, can only be reduced by midwives upholding their moral and professional values.

The Assistant district health officer in charge of maternal and child health, Paddy Mwesigye, 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.

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