Friday 9 May 2014


By Wangari Karuoya

It is not every day that we get to recognise and remember the women and men who help in bringing us into the world. None the less, they have a special day of their own. The International day of the Midwives is celebrated on the 5th of May annually and this year itwas commemorated in a different manner since all the counties held their own events and not a national event as it has been in previous years. The theme for this year was, “Midwives needed now more than ever to save the lives of babies and mothers in the county governments”.

In Makueni county, the launch was held in Sultan-Hamud and was well attended by the midwives, partners, government officials and the members of the community. The event was preceded by a procession by the midwives from Sultan-Hamud town to Kasanga Primary School where they later joined the rest of the guests. The event was graced by the governor of the county Honorable Kibutha Kibwana, county government officials and the head of the midwives in Kenya, Louisa Muteti.

“There is also need for advocacy for effective and efficient pre-conception care for women who are planning to become mothers within six to three months before expected conception. This way any medical conditions that can predispose poor neonatal outcome will be known and controlled. This is one of the main reasons why midwives during the International midwives week activities carry out community education and health promotion activities it is ensured that extensive community education is carried out alongside other health  care services to the selected communities.” She said.

During the event there were exhibition stands with services like: Cervical cancer screening, pre and post natal counselling services, counselling services on nutrition and the right foods to eat when pregnant.

Yussuf Adan a mid-wife from Wagalla Health Centre in Wajir county talked about what inspired him to become a midwife and this is what he had to say, “Five years ago, my sister had a complication in labour. We lived in a rural area called Riba and there was no midwife.It was only Community Health Workers who were around and they couldn’t help. She passed away leaving a child behind and that is what inspired me to go to medical school at KMTC and it’s the reason why I went for training in midwifery.”

In Wajir Countythe whole community and approximately 500 people including children were in attendance. Zainab Kassim, a Midwife working in Wajir Hospital and part of the Mother to Mother Support Groups had this to say, “I encourage pregnant women to come and deliver in the maternity where I work and if you cannot reach the hospital, call me by phone or through my mother who lives with you here so that I can come and conduct deliveries at home as am part of Barwaqo community and ready to assist all the time.”