Zimbabweans joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Midwife amid calls for the re-opening of the Marondera Midwifery School.

The venue for this year’s International Day of the Midwifery could not have been any better as it was held at Marondera Provincial Hospital where the School of Midwifery was closed last year by the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe for failing to meet required standards.

Marondera Central legislator Cde Lawrence Katsiru says it is disheartening to note that the school had to be closed when it is supposed to be training midwives who are critical in the health delivery system.

President of the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives Dr Getrude Dodzo says midwifery is a profession which should maintain standards hoping that once the required standards are met it will then be re-opened.

Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Cde Abigail Damasani said midwives are critical in the country’s health delivery system as they are the entry point to life.

This year’s commemorations which started with a procession from Marondera CBD to the hospital was held under the theme, “Midwives, Mothers and Families; Partners for Life”.