Gambia commemorates International Nurses, Midwives day

Monday, May 14, 2018

Nurses and Midwives across the country on Friday commemorated International day of Nurses and Midwives at the McCarthy square in Banjul.

The day is set aside to reflect on the contribution of Nurses and Midwives to the advancement of the health sector. The theme of the Nursing commemoration was, “A voice to Lead, Health is Human Rights, while that of Midwives was, “Midwives leading the way with Quality Care’. The event started with march past from the Arch 22 to McCarthy square.

Health and Social Welfare minister Saffie Lowe-Ceesay commended the country’s Nurses and Midwives for their tremendous contribution in the improvement of peoples’ health and wellbeing. She said over 60% of the entire health work force including Nurses and Midwives are spread across the country offering health services to people.

“You continue to do your work under very challenging circumstances and with very little resources. Therefore, I want to commend you for your tireless effort and encourage you to continue to do your best. Your profession is indeed a very noble one.”

Minister Lowe-Ceesay said her ministry is committed to maintaining the momentum in accelerating the training of nurses at all levels. “As part of government plans to support the training of skilled professionals, we have increased the number of registered nurses trained annually from the usual 50 to 100 in 2018.”

She said in their target to enhance and strengthen staff management, a transfer and posting guide is now in place awaiting validation for implementation. “A new staff welfare and compensation committee has also been recently established. It is envisaged that these will inject improvements in posting, transfer and speed in recovering benefits and compensation especially at the point of retirement.”

National Association of Gambia Nurses and Midwives President Awa Sey-Sagnai said the theme of the commemoration resonates Gambia’s National Development Plan and the National Health Policy.

She said “Midwives leading the way with quality care” is significant in highlighting the vital role that midwives play in ensuring women and their newborns not only navigate pregnancy and delivery safely, but also receive respectful and well-resourced maternity care that can create a lifetime of good health and wellbeing beyond the childbirth continuum.

Director of Nursing Lamin Marong and the registrar of Nurses and Midwives Council Mafugi Bojang both spoke at length on the contribution that nurses and midwives continue to play in the country.

Author: Momodou Jawo