2020 Midwife’s Day: Lawmaker lauds contribution of midwives amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Ikeja, May 5, 2020

Mr Gholahan Yishawu, a member of the Lagos State  House of Assembly, has commended midwives across the world; especially in Nigeria, for their tremendous dedication to duty  in the midst of coronavirus pandemic.

Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency  II, gave the commendation in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday to commemorate the Year 2020  International Day of the Midwife (ICM).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  the International Day of the Midwife is  observed in  over 50 nations around the world annually on every May 5.

The idea of dedicating a day to recognise and honor midwives came out of the  International Confederation of Midwives Conference held  in the Netherlands in 1987.

Yishawu said that midwives in this critical time had been working assiduously to support healthcare delivery.

They are assisting pregnant women to give birth to new babies during the lockdown and keep  doing their best to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

“Recently, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that over 600 babies were delivered free-of-charge in the 27 general hospitals and Maternal & Child Health facilities of the state.

“This incident happened during the first two weeks of the ongoing lockdown. This shows the tremendous work our midwives have been doing.

“We thank our midwives for being constant in bringing new lives to the world even in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.”

Yishawu,  also the Chairman of the  House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, noted that midwives ought to be celebrated because they used to  save millions of lives every day.

He said that  record had shown that since 1990, the world had seen a steady decrease in new-born and maternal deaths because, more women were getting skilled midwifery care.

The lawmaker said that midwives used to provide critical medical care, save lives as  they had been  trained on how to proffer solutions to other gynaecological problems.

Yishawu said they could also perform cervical and bosom malignancy screenings, just as offering advice and administering  medicine to patients.

He said no one would make reference to the significance of midwives without talking about their contributions  to the advancement of women’s rights around the world.

“They can help survivors of gender-based violence, as well as help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM).

“I feel they deserve to be celebrated,” Yishawu said.

The lawmaker, therefore, urged  midwives, especially those in the state, not to relent in doing their best to safe lives

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