Community decries high rate of maternal mortality in Kaduna

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By; Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna.
Residents of Jankasa village bordering Kajuru and Chikun Local government area of Kaduna state have decried lack of health care facility which results in high rate of maternal mortality in their communities.
According to the people, they always drive 15 kilometer before they can access any health facility.
They disclosed this to newsmen who visited the village at the weekend.
“The closes Primary health Care (PHC) to our community is 15 kilometer. Most of us here don’t have cars. We only use our motorcycles. You can imagine taken a labouring woman on motorcycle to hospital.
“Just last year we lost about 3 women who died during labour. We don’t know how many we are going to loss again. We believe if the government can help us to set up a primary health care centre here in our village it will go a long way to save our women and children from dying,” said youth leader of the village Garba Gajere.
He lamented on the deteriorating stage of the only road linking the community with other communities.
“The road is too bad that vehicles and motorcycles find it very difficult to ply it, particularly during rainy season. Apart from the bad shape of the road, bandits too do terrorize passersby in the night.
“This is why if we are conveying a sick person to hospital in the night we always go in group. If not the attackers can block the road to rob the people of their belongings,” he said.
Gajere also said the villagers lack adequate water as he called on the state governor to come to their rescue.
In his remarks, Deputy Youth Leader Ezekiel Garba said the villagers formed a vigilante group to protect themselves and their properties.
He therefore, appealed to Government to come to their rescue, saying “we need assistance because we are in dear need of health facility in the village to save our wives”.
A pregnant woman Asabe Jushua and a mother of two said she preferred to give birth at home than going to hospital.
“The suffering of going to hospital makes me prefer to deliver at home. Women are really suffering in this village so we need a primary health care in Jankasa village,” she said.

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