Women For Health (W4H) Graduation Ceremony
By Aisha Yanleman
“Inadequate Numbers of female health workers has been described as the factors that lead to maternal mortality in rural areas.”
The National programme manager Women for Health(W4H), Dr.Fatima Adamu stated this at the at the graduation ceremony of 110 health workers graduates, who are from Northern Nigeria which includes Jigawa, Kano , Zamfara, Yobe and Katsina in collaboration with Kano state Government.
Dr Fatima further said, there is a high mortality rate, due to inadequate and incompetence of health workers particularly in labour Ward.She pointed out that rural women find it very difficult to go to hospitals for anti-natal care because they are not comfortable with male personnel attending to them during labour. In an effort to encourage these rural communities to visit hospital for their anti-natal care , Women For Health (W4H) was funded and supported by UK aid from UK government to recruit more 100 rural dwellers to train them as Midwives, Nursing Community Health Extension workers to carter for their fellow women during child birth.
Similarly, the 110 health workers graduates will be deployed to rural health care facilities where they can have the greatest impact on maternal, infant and child mortality
In a remark, deputy Governor of Kano state professor Hafiz Abubakar, appreciated the effort of what the state is benefiting from the Organization, urging them to double its effort to ensure their goal is achieved.
On her part, the representative of the Department of the International Development, DFID, Mrs Ruth Lason, said the success that will be recorded by the 110 female health workers graduate will showcase the importance of Girl child Education in Northern Nigeria.
Mrs Ruth also called on the graduates to always support each other, be humble and cautious to all patients regardless of their backgrounds, so as to motivate other young ladies to join the health sector.
She further applauded the effort of all the five state stakeholders in their support to reduce or end maternal and child mortality.
Also the representative of Federal Ministry of Health Mrs. Rhode kuje, applauded the effort the organization W4H, for training the women and putting measures in place to reduce maternal mortality in rural communities besides.
Aisha Umar who is one the graduates that hails from Katsina State, said at first when the organization revealed its intention to admit and train her as a health worker, she did not believe it ,but all in all the thank God that it has come to past, and she promised to work hard to help her fellow women in her community.
Aisha who is 19 year old further said, she will work in their community after graduating, to assist in health sector the organization wish.
Hauwa Abubakar a married woman from Talata Marafa, Zamfara State, also pledged to work with sincerity in her community, so as to reduce maternal mortality in her community.