No funds for nurses to attend symposium


MORE than 100 nurses from nine Morobe districts lack funds to attend the midwifery symposium for maternal health services in Port Moresby, according to some of them.
The 15 midwives from the seven Finschhafen health facilities raised their concern after unfavorable response from their district and the provincial health administration.
According to a provincial health review, the interior parts of Finschhafen, Menyamya, Garaina (Bulolo), Kabwum, Markham and parts of Tewae-Siassi have the highest maternal deaths.
The 2015 national health statistics show that 25 per cent of women died from post-partum haemorrhage, a preventable condition in which mothers bled during pregnancy and child birth.
The symposium from November 22 to 24 will enhance nurses with adequate skills in rural health facilities.
The nurses Finschhafen who asked not to be named said they were disappointed with MP Theodore Zurenuoc, chief executive officer Bohage Bebinaso and provincial health adviser Micah Yawing.
But Yawing told The National that the workshop was significant but the timing was wrong because funding had been exhausted in other health programmes.
“I respect and understand their (midwives) concerns that we in Morobe have most infant mortality and maternal deaths,” Yawing said.
“The workshop is very significant but funding is the problem.”
Yawing said that the provincial and district health administration should have been advised them earlier about such important trainings to be included in their yearly plan and budget.

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