SOMETHING URGENT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Despite all attempts to meet the target of the millenium deveolpment goals (MDGs) by 2015 of improving health care and reducing maternal mortality, the road to meeting the set target is still very rough and crooked.
Many women are still dying during child birth due to inadequate health care facilities and personnel in developing countries in which Nigeria belong. Not too long ago our friend died while having a ceasarian section in one of the private hospitals here in Nigeria.
Aisha had two kids before the last one which took her live, to the best of my knowledge she has undergone two ceasarian sections. And I gathered from a friend after Aisha’s death that she had been warned by the Doctor not to get pregnant any more after the third pregnancy.
She went ahead and got pregnant for the forth time, and initially she was attending a government hospital for her anti-natal clinic, but due lack of enough Doctors which as a result keep her at the hospital for hours led her to change hospital to a private hospital.
We learnt that after having gone through labour pains for two days, the Doctor decided to operate on her. But due to epilectic power supply that we are used to in Nigeria. Aisha was in the theatre when almighty PHCN (NEPA) the body that is responsible for power generation and distribution in Nigeria as usual interrupted power supply.
And because the hospital does not have a good alternative power supply, she died while she was being operated upon at the mushroom hospital.
If our government had put in place the necessary facilities for the provision of health care delivery system. Aisha would not have patronised that kind of hospital, if government had provided scholarship for the children of the poor and managed the educational sector, more people would have studied medcine and health related courses, which translates to having more personnel in the health sector.
Many women and children have died and are still dying to lack of facilities due to high rate of corruption running in the veins of our leaders in Africa. If something is urgent is not done about it our women and children would continue to die day in day out.