The Indian government has been busy with its midwifery job search, with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFD) looking to hire midwives to fill vacancies in the country’s more than 200 midwitals.
According to the Ministry, the job-hunting exercise aims to increase the number of midwives by 5 per cent annually and increase their capacity by 50 per cent.
Currently, about 3,000 midwives are employed in the state.
As per data from the ministry, in 2014-15, there were more than 6,300 midwives in the province of Maharashtra.
This number was almost double in 2015-16, when there were only 665 midwives.
The ministry also said that a total of 3,919 midwives had been trained in the past five years.
According the ministry’s recruitment strategy, a candidate for midwife will undergo a training course in midwimery management and the training is expected to last two to four months.
The training will include training in how to handle midwife-related cases and issues, as well as the technical aspects of midwomanship.
The training programme, which is funded by the government, is open to all people, irrespective of caste, religion, caste affiliation, occupation, employment status, or any other category, including people of all age groups.
The government also plans to open four more midwubs to cater to women in the rural areas of the country.