by Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
According to PNG Midwifery Society Acting President, Jennifer Pyakalyia, high maternal and newborn mortality rates in the country can be improved by engaging specialised midwives.
It comes as many rural areas in the country continue to engage village midwives to assist in child birth cases.
A meeting of midwifery nurses, will be held this year that focuses on encouraging professional midwives in the health sector.
Maternal care in the country is an area health professionals have been trying to improve on for the benefit of mothers and pregnant women.
Health institutions and few organisations are working to involve professionally trained midwives by engaging skilled workers in this profession.
The PNG Midwifery Society this year will hold its first Midwifery meeting which highlights involvement of quality, trained and skilled midwives within the health sector.
In rural areas around the country, mothers and pregnant women who cannot walk long distances to the nearest aid post, give birth in their homes with the help of village midwives.
Skilled midwives present at rural clinics, who attend to the rising needs of these mothers and women in rural locations, are also far and few between.
The challenge has been limited resources including trained midwives and funding available to serve the rising needs of women and mothers.