Kabale District to Host celebrations to mark International Day for Midwives.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Preparations for the national celebrations to mark the International Day of Midwives have kicked off in Kabale District.
According to the Principal Nursing officer in charge of midwifery services in the ministry of health, Jane Frances Acam, the National celebrations for the International Day of Midwives, which is always commemorated on 5th May every year, will be held in Kabale District and are expected to attract more than 500midwives from the across the Country.
Acam, who was speaking today, during a preparatory meeting that was held in Kabale District boardroom, said that this year’s celebrations will be marked under the theme “100 years of progress”.
She adds that the celebration, will include a series of events, which include community outreaches on immunization, a two-day conference for the midwives on 3rd and 4th May, dialogue in schools on early pregnancies and sensitization of the public about family planning among others.
Acam, also says, during the two-day conference, midwives will be able to share experiences and successes and other areas, that affect their service delivery.
A senior nursing officer in charge of midwifery services in the ministry of health Emilly Bako and the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, alluded to the need for midwives and nurses to use this year’s celebrations, to do self-check and behavioral change, saying that there are still some complaints about misconduct by some midwives and nurses.
Mr Nyakahuma, pledged to total support to the organizing committee to ensure that the celebrations become a success.
The Assistant district health officer in charge of maternal and child health, who is also chairperson of the organizing committee, Paddy Mwesigye, said that the celebrations will be climaxed with a grand function on 05th April at Kigezi High school Lower Primary Playground, which include a match through Kabale town.
He, however, said that they are still having funding gaps, to facilitate the celebrations.