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48 Khost girls become professional midwives, nurses

48 Khost girls become professional midwives, nurses

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Mar 30, 2017 - 18:54

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Forty-eight girls have graduated from a two-year professional midwifery and nursing course in southeastern Khost province, officials said Thursday, hoping the graduates would help reduce mother-child mortality rate in remote areas.

Khost public healthinfo-icon director Dr. Gul Mohammadin Mangal told the graduation ceremony that all those trained under the program were local residents of districts.

He said 24 girls received nursing and 24 others midwifery training that had been financed and supported by the Norwegian Committee for Afghanistaninfo-icon (NCA).

“We prioritized local girls for the training, they were provided with hostel facility in Khost city and they returned to home towns from the two-year program,” he said.

Mangal said the graduates would help reduce the shortage of midwives and nurses at district healthcare centers.

Khadija Safi, midwifery and nursing program director at NCA, said they planned to extend the program to other parts of the country.

“These midwives and nurses not only work in hospitals, but they work in the societyinfo-icon, they will be appointed in clinics that provide primary healthcare services,” she said.

Hanifa, who graduated from midwifery course, said they might not face problems if they were provided proper work environmentinfo-icon in their own districts.

“We promised after our graduation that we will work in our own districts, some of our colleagues started their duty immediately after graduation in local clinics,” she said.

Local health officials say there is no shortage of midwives in districts but local residents say the opposite. Residents say many pregnant womeninfo-icon had died on the way to hospital in the provincial capital due to the shortage of midwives in local clinics.

The NCA training program is also ongoing in Badakhshan, Laghman, Maidan Wardak, Kapisa and Nangarhar provinces.

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