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Govt Launches Nursing and Midwifery Policy

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Mhango (in blue suit) during the launch. Mhango (in blue suit) during the launch. - Pic by Happy Njalam'mano

Government on Thursday launched a Nursing and Midwifery Policy in Lilongwe in an attempt to promote health service delivery in the country.

Health minister Jappie Mhango appealed to nursing and midwifery stakeholders highlighted in the institutional arrangement to adhere to implementation of services in line with policy requirements.

“Let us be driven by our vision of striving to provide quality promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and Palliative Nursing and Midwifery Services to individuals, families and communities. 

“This is in line with the vision of the Ministry of Health and Population, as we move towards achievement of the Universal Health Coverage, as guided by the Health Sector Strategic Plan II for 2018 to 2022,” he said.

President of National Organization of Nurses and Midwives, Shout Simeza, said the policy is a gateway to improved health services in the country.

“We were finding it difficult to engage government on areas that are affecting delivery of health care system in the country.

“There is no care provision without nurses and there is no health care provision with nurses without policy. We therefore find a good key now that government has launched the policy that we will engage in lobbying process,” he said.

Deputy Head of Mission at the Germany Embassy in Malawi, Thomas Staiger, said Malawi also needs to address an outstanding issue of inadequate health workers and regulate use of existing health resources.

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