26 June 2015
Twenty-five year old Lomot Bonyoda Rodney from Manus province is one of the youngest midwives to graduate from the University of Papua New Guinea.
Looking radiant in her graduation gown, Lomot Bonyoda Rodney felt proud to graduate with her Bachelor in Midwifery and rightfully so after coming first place in her class.
“I am very grateful for receiving an Australia Award because without the scholarship I wouldn’t be able to complete my studies and practice midwifery” Miss. Lomot said.
After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 2011, Miss. Lomot went to work at the Lorengau hospital in Manus province before resigning to take up the scholarship at the University of Papua New Guinea, Medical Faculty.
The midwifery field is very interesting and also challenging because of the high maternity and morbidity rates in PNG. The country needs more midwives to be trained to help reduce the high rate of maternal and morbidity rates.
Miss. Lomot has already envisioned her future which is to teach general nursing specifically midwifery. She has applied to St. Mary School of Nursing to be a tutor so she can teach obstetrics to equip students with the necessary skills to go to the most remote areas to provide health services to mothers.
Her goal is to see that many nurses are delivering health services in the rural areas across Papua New Guinea.
“With the knowledge and skills I have acquired through my one year of intensive midwifery study, I believe that I can impart that knowledge and skills to others who will go out to the rural areas where there is a need to help save more lives,” Miss. Lomot says.
The passionate Miss. Lomot believes that with the midwifery knowledge and skills that she has, she can help decrease the maternal and morbidity rates. The more she trains others the bigger the impact on the lives of more Papua New Guinea women.
“Most of them will be posted to rural areas to work so if I am teaching 30 nursing students from different provinces the skills in midwifery, they will go back and help decrease the high maternity and mortality rates in the country. Thus there are 30 more people who can do what I as one person with the knowledge can do,” she said.
Miss. Lomot was among a total of 103 recipients of the Australia Awards scholarship program for 2013.
The scholarships are offered to registered nurses interested to study midwifery courses at tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea and young women are strongly encouraged to apply.