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How lack of healthcare services forced us to patronize traditional birth attendants- Woman laments

by Family Center
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Maiyola is a small community made up of 3,000 residents. The community is located in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was learned that the residents of Maiyola lose an average of one pregnant woman monthly due to the absence of antenatal services.

The residents said in separate interviews with the (NAN) that they also lose a lot of children under five due to the absence of healthcare services.

 

Salamatu Haruna, who is a housewife said: “Women here rarely attend antenatal or visit hospitals for check up during pregnancy or delivery.

“I don’t go for antenatal services during my pregnancies because of the distance between our village and the nearest place to get hospital services which is Kachia or Idoh and is about 100 kilometres from here.”

“The village have no good road to allow for smooth ride on motorcycles for women in labour.

“Eleven pregnant women have died this year from labour complications,’’ the woman said.

Another housewife, Hafsat Abubakar said, “anytime I am pregnant, it comes with fever and since there is no hospital close by, I prefer to stay at home and take local herbs as it is our culture.

“I know four women close to me that lost their lives in the process of childbirth here in the village.

“We prefer to patronise traditional birth attendants because that’s the only option we have here in Mayola.’’

Zainab Abubakar, another resident, said she go for antenatal but not frequently, because of the distance and poor transport service.

The woman said she patronise a local patent medicine store wherever she felt ill.

Also speaking, the village head, Ardo Abu Maiyola, expressed concern that they had never received any government official in the 40-year history of the village.

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