By Kadrie Koroma
Sixty-four newly trained and qualified Midwives Set 6 of the School of Midwifery in Makeni have received orientation for deployment in various health facilities across country to help fight maternal mortality.
Group photo of newly trained Midwives with the Chief Nursing and Midwifery
Officer and her deputies
The orientation was conducted by the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Speaking at the orientation ceremony held in the conference hall of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma reminded the Midwives about the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules, and the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives, stating that they are accountable to the public and the Ministry to promote professional code of practice, conduct and ethics in their various duty stations.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma
She disclosed that what they at the Directorate are doing is to implement the law and the laws that they implement are enshrined in these two books, the Civils Service Code, Regulations and Rules, and the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives.
On the issue of transfer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma said the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules states in Rule 5.20 that any officer may at any time and without his or her consent be transfer from his or her current duty station to another.
She informed the Midwives that the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services have instituted the Midwife Technical Training to address knowledge gap and accelerate the career progression of midwives, adding that they have recently reviewed the Scheme of Service for midwives alongside that of other health professionals so that they would now have more clear and defined career pathway.
The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer opined that they should be able to detect and manage emergencies, be a team player and a builder with the required competencies, as well as promoting regular clinical services, and timely referrals.
She congratulated the newly Midwives on behalf of the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services for their successfully completion of their courses.