A total of 1,143 midwives – 593 from the first batch, and 550 from the second batch – took oath to provide maternal healthcare services
The orientation program and oath-taking ceremony of the first and second batches of professionally trained midwives was held in Dhaka on Thursday.
A total of 1,143 midwives – 593 from the first batch, and 550 from the second batch – took oath to provide maternal healthcare services at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, administered by Tandra Sikder, director general of nursing and midwifery.
The second batch of midwives will begin their work today. The first batch was officially recruited on June 28, the director general said.
The ceremony was jointly organized by the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The recruitment was made following the announcement by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that 3,000 professionally trained midwives would be employed across the country to improve maternal and new-born healthcare.
Speaking at the event, UNFPA Representative in Bangladesh Dr Asa Britta Torkelsson congratulated the newly recruited midwives.
“The newly deployed professional midwives will step into their roles as healthcare providers and become leaders of high quality sexual and reproductive healthcare for women and girls in Bangladesh,” she further said.
She also expressed gratitude to the Embassy of Sweden, the UK High Commission, and the Canadian High Commission for their continuous support in strengthening the national nursing and midwifery program.
Health Minister Mohammed Nasim, who was chief guest at the event, said the government was doing everything for the progress of maternal healthcare, which is why the prime minister had designated nurses and midwives as second class gazetted officers.
“You have a great deal of responsibilities, and it is your duty to treat those in need with respect and dignity,” the minister said.
DFID Bangladesh Adviser Dr Shehlina Ahmed said professional midwives would not only save the lives of mothers and new-borns, but also have the power to transform the society as a whole.