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Port Moresby General Hospital lacks midwives

Port Moresby General Hospital Maternity Ward has been facing an over attendance of pregnant mothers being admitted daily with visits reaching up to 50 women per day.
This has been attributed to the free health care policy been introduced by the current government since 2014.
A midwife at the General Hospital said the standard international service is one midwife to one mother, however they are dealing with one midwife to five mothers currently. She also stressed that an alternative health care centre should be build here in Port Moresby to also help with the increased population.
The Hospital equipments and medicines are available for the ward and its patient’s treatments. However the current problem now would be more experience staffs to provide the care and service to those mothers and their babies at the maternity ward.
According to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) the aim is to improve the standard of care provided to women, babies and families throughout the world through the development, education and appropriate utilizing of professional midwives. And that Code of Ethics for Midwives should also be practice here in PNG.
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