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Health Matters / Maternal Mortality and Culture
« on: July 01, 2005, 09:53:35 AM »
Dear Colleagues,

It disturbs me. This happened only yesterday, June 30, 2005.

I live outside kano now. I got a call from home that a lady in my neighbourhood that was pregnant had bee in labour for 4 days and the husband was yet to send her to the hospital. A good samaritan who lives near them called me because i knew i relate well with the husband.

I called the husband who told me that her condition was not the type for hospital. That she had "iska" for a long time and it is that delaying her delivery, and he was handling it traditionally. I asked him what her doctor said during her last antenatal visit. He said she never had any antenatal visit to any clinic!! I felt like crying. I took me a whole MTN recharge card to convince him to take her to a hospital. I told him i would call him back in 30 minutes.

I loaded another MTN card and called a doctor i know in kano. The doctor told me such cases are so rampant. He carefully explained to me how delayed labour can lead to anything including death. He agreed to proceed to his hospital (though it was late) to attend to that case if the husband could take her. I asked him to proceed to the hospital.

I called the husband back and asked him to take his wife to the hospital where a doctor was waiting for him. I gave him the doctor,s telephone number and name. I went back to bed.

In the morning i called the doctor to find out the condition of the lady. I was shocked to learn that the doctor stayed all night and the man did not appear at all. I called the man. He told me he was advised not to take her, instead a midwife was taken to his house to attend to the lady.

To cut the story short, the baby is lost, the mother can not stand on her feet, i learnt she has a thick watery substance dripping from her private part and she is still at home.

Is this how we kill our wives? is it in our culture? is it islamic? do we hate hospitals? what really is wrong? please help me understand this.

sincerely,

Haladu Mohammed

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