A Mzuzu based nursing officer has appealed to health authorities in the country to ensure that health care workers are provided with necessary equipment for them to deliver effectively.
Anna Ziba, Principal Nursing Officer at St. John’s Hospital made the call over the weekend at Mzuzu Central Hospital during activities marking this year’s celebration of the International Midwives’ Day.
Ziba was guest of honour at the function that drew midwives from Government, private hospitals and Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) institutions.
“This generation needs the support of midwives more than ever because of its vulnerability to various health challenges, but this can only be achieved if they (midwives) are given all the support that they need,” she said.
She also told midwives to nurture their profession, which she said is a ‘calling,’ so that government and other stakeholders in the country can render an effective helping hand in improving their work conditions.
“As per their profession, nurses need to be tolerant even though in most times poor working conditions and work pressure can affect their performances.
“Nurses are encouraged not to boycott work but rather resolve their complaints with responsible officers peacefully,” she advised.
The International Midwives’ Day was first celebrated on May 5, 1991 and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world.
This year, it is being celebrated under the theme “The World Needs Midwives More Than Ever Now.”