Midwives honoured

In commemoration of African Women’s month, the Ministry of Health on Friday held a ceremony to honour women midwives who perform outstandingly from different departments of health care services.
Speaking at this occasion held at the Ministry’s auditorium, the First Lady Mrs. ‘Maesaiah Thabane indicated that Lesotho is faced with a challenge of numerous women loosing their lives as a result of maternal and infant mortality.
She delineated that nursing is a noble calling as nurses are trusted to bring life into the world, adding that they are also entrusted to save a patient’s life.
Mrs. Thabane therefore applauded those who were nominated from each district to receive awards due to their outstanding service providing, saying they should forever keep perfect service delivery for the betterment of Lesotho and Basotho.
Furthermore, she emphasised a need for salary increase for midwives, stating that they perform such a crucial yet a heavy duty.
Speaking at the same event, Director Nursing Services, Mrs. Makholu Lebaka explained midwifery as a health science and health profession that deals with pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period (including care of the newborn), besides sexual and reproductive health of women throughout their lives.
She traced history of midwifery to as far as Exodus 1: 15-21”Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birth-stool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live….”.
Mrs. Lebaka therefore appealed to midwives to perform their duty to the peak of perfection, saying they should serve the nation without bias regardless of their standards.
Meanwhile, the First Lady awarded medals to forty nine (49) women nominated from ten districts of Lesotho, who are said to be outstanding as nursing managers, midwives, female District Medical Officers, office assistants, female officers, village health workers, secretaries and administrators.
International Women’s Month is commemorated annually globally with the aim of sensitising all about the importance of women within various categories as well as their inclusion in decision making.

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