A Public Health Practitioner, Mrs. Cecilia Uwaoma, on Saturday described how a pregnant woman was saved from what might have been her death after she had spent three days in labour at an unregistered traditional birth attendant’s facility.
Uwaoma advised expectant mothers to avoid patronising quack birth attendants in order to forestall unforeseen complications.
Uwaoma, a midwife with Our Saviours Medical Centre, Ojo, Lagos, gave the advice after delivering one Mrs. Adebimpe Said of a baby.
She said Mrs. Said was rushed to Our Saviours Medical Centre from a traditional birth attendant that could not handle her contraction complications.
The midwife lamented that so many women had died through this process that good medical centres, such as the primary health centres could handle with ease.
She said that from her findings, Mrs. Said had been in labour with the traditional attendant for three days, and was almost exhausted when she was brought to the hospital.
“It is for the good of the mothers to use the PHCs that are located around them, than to patronise the unprofessional and quack birth attendants.
“Many of the deaths recorded through childbirths are from such places, due to their inability to handle complications that can arise during child delivery.
“This woman was due to deliver since January 14, but because the attendant was unskilled, she could not deliver her of the baby on that date.
“Mothers should not be scared by the charges in contemporary health institutions, as traditional birth attendants and quacks pose grave dangers to them,” the midwife said.
She added that the charges at the PHCs were next to nothing, but the lack of awareness and primordial beliefs hinder most women from using such facilities.
She urged pregnant mothers to register with certified health institutions on time, to enable them benefit from good care and safe delivery.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, in Lagos State, childbirth services are prioritised in public health institutions.
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