This is 2019, many Nigerians still see Cesarean section as a forbidden practice. They believe absolutely that they must deliver like the “Hebrew woman”. Pastors hammer on this in church. I have seen church programs where pregnant mothers are forced to fast and go through long grueling hours of prayers for safe delivery without minding the health consequences.
Some rural people don’t bother going to hospitals because they have faith in the native midwife’s potency. Families forbid their wives from having C-section, saying it is against tradition.
Our primary and tertiary healthcare systems are a disgrace. The government has utterly failed to see to the health needs of the citizens. They actually don’t patronise Nigerian medical care, they jet out at the slightest feeling of discomfort.
A joint report (Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015 by WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and United Nations Population Fund) found that Nigeria has approximately 58,000 maternal deaths, which accounts for 19% globally maternal deaths.
This translates to an average of 814 women dying for every 100,000 live births yearly. In Northern Nigeria, it is 1549 per 100,000 live births. These figures are expected to be much higher as most deaths are underreported.
The country is an extremely dangerous place for pregnant women.
We the citizens tolerate bad leadership at our own expense. This is saddening!
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