Now, along with community health centres, primary health centres will also provide better medical facilities for pregnant women and newborns. For this, a special training program is set to be organized for the second time in the state.
The Health Department is creating a new cadre of nurse practitioners in midwifery. They will work in government hospitals for reproductive, maternal, and newborn health services. This initiative will also raise awareness among the people. Earlier, this training program was conducted in Udaipur, and now it will be initiated in Jaipur.
Dr Shashikant Sharma, Registrar of the Rajasthan Nursing Council, mentioned that SMS Nursing College will be the nodal centre for this training. Thirty practitioners will be trained in Jaipur. The centre will provide practical experience and training to these practitioners. They will also be given information on new techniques and tools.
Services in Labor Rooms
Dr. Sharma stated that these specialists in midwifery will work in CHC and PHC. They will be trained in a way that they can provide their services in labour rooms. A new cadre is being created to assist doctors differently. He said that this government initiative will ensure skilled care in government hospitals. This program aims to reduce infant mortality rates and maternal mortality rates during childbirth.
Candidates interested in midwifery educators must fulfil certain essential conditions. The primary requirement is that they must be nurses. Along with that, other qualifications have also been specified. Trainees will be given a six-month training period. After this training, they will be able to conduct deliveries and provide care for newborns.
Midwifery Commission Bill Passed
It is worth noting that recently, the Lok Sabha passed the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023. The National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill will work for the development and regulation of all aspects related to nursing and midwifery education, institutions, and professions. Additionally, it will establish a Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Council to make recommendations on the formation and advice of the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission.