Male Midwives important – Mubukwanu
Solwezi, May 10, ZANIS ——- North-Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu has called for the promotion of more male mid-wives in health institutions as they also have a crucial role to play in ensuring safe delivery and motherhood.
Mr Mubukwanu said the current argument about the existence of male mid-wives in health institutions in the country is retrogressive.
The Minister was speaking in Solwezi today when he officiated at this year’s International Nurses Day under the theme “Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four, Five and Six”.
Mr Mubukwanu said there is need to promote more males getting into the nursing profession because it is a clear mark of gender achievement.
He said government recognizes nursing as the largest care profession in the country, saying there is no doubt that nurses and midwives are the cornerstone to the attainment of health related MDGs.
Mr Mubukwanu urged the Zambia Union of Nurses Organization (ZUNO) to work with government and other stakeholders to strengthen health delivery systems and create the conditions necessary to maximize the contribution of nurses and midwives.
Speaking at the same function ZUNO representative Joseph Mukumbi said nurses and midwives are a solid foundation on which any progress in achieving health related MGDs stand.
Mr Mukumbi assured that the union organization is ready to engage government and other stakeholders to heavily invest in both male and female nurse specialized training and education.