THE national midwifery conference is currently underway at the Melanesian Haus, Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara.
With the theme “Restrengthening Midwifery in the Solomon Islands”, the conference entered its first day yesterday.
More than 50 midwives and other health professionals from all over the country are attending the conference.
During the event, the participants will reflect upon their practices, share experiences together and learn from each other about the profession.
In his address to officially open the conference, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) Hugo Hebala said, it is also a time when midwives are updated on knowledge, skills and will be reminded again on their attitudes towards the midwifery profession.
“It is a time of empowering midwives and encouraging them to think seriously about their passion for their role as leaders.
“Whether or not they are performing at the required standard of practice, it is a time when midwifery issues are raised and recommendations are made for improvements,” Mr Hebala said.
Mr Hebala also urged the participants to use the opportunity to refresh and motivate each other, especially for the rural-urban interactions during the course of the conference.
The conference is being funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The conference ends this Friday.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA