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Kaduna Community Cries Out Over Lack Of Access To Medical Facility, As Pregnant…


Kaduna Community Cries Out Over Lack Of Access To Medical Facility, As Pregnant…


Kaduna (Nigeria) — Inhabitants, especially women of a seemingly forgotten community in Kaduna, north west Nigeria have cried – out for help, as they cover over 20 kilometers distance before getting access to medical facilities.

Cikaji-Ruhoki is the village with a population of over 700 and situated behind Kukkumake town in Igabi local government area, in the outskirt of Kaduna, the state capital.

It is a village where pregnant women and other residents including elderly persons and children usually use Tipper truck and motor-cycles while others Trek far distance to attend ante-natal and other medical services.

Majority of the inhabitants are Gbagyi by tribe ,and most of them are local farmers, Traders, while the women are into other business activities including selling of firewood.

Mrs Talatu Bamaiyi is one of the women interviewed by a Kaduna based journalist who paid a visit to the area.

Talatu expressed sadness over the increasing daily challenges confronting most of them living In the village due to lack of medical facility in the entire community.

She said most of them usually have high blood pressure as a result of the suffering they are passing through especially, pregnant women before reaching hospital to deliver their  babies

“Pregnancy suppose to be a thing of joy for every women across the world, but due to fear of lack of hospital and distance barriers, many women among us are so afraid of getting pregnant in the village because of the sufferings they usually passed through, some even died in the process.”

“we need hospital in this village to save our rural women from the stressed and the sufferings they are passing through, and to reduce the rate  of maternal mortality ”

 Talatu said there are  many pregnant women who died  as a result of the suffering they usually experience  while moving from the  village to Kawo hospital,which is relatively far away from the  local community,adding that they spend huge amount of money every time they  travel  to Kawo general hospital.

The distance from Unguwan cikaji-Ruhoki to Kawo Hospital, she said, is about 25 kilometers before getting to the hospital,

Talatu added “ every pregnant woman that  wants to go for any medical check-up or anti-natal service , has to climb Tipper Trucks that are used for  loading sand that is meant  for building construction. This is because that is the only means of transportation in the village,as small cars cannot pass-by easily”

She further stated  that, due to the bad nature of the road and affecting   farming activities in the area ,most farmers find it extremely difficult in transporting  their farm produce to Kaduna market.

”From our village to Kawo hospital ,its truly a very long distance  for any pregnant woman ,and as such this problem usually put us in a pathetic situation, which usually lead to the deaths of some women, while others ended up in having miscarriage” she said.

According to Talatu, the village has been in existence for over 200 years and they have been living in peace and harmony with  neighboring  villages of other tribes

“Due to lack of electricity in the village, no one is informed about the happenings in  and around them  or current affairs in the country, not to talk of social media; we don’t have anything”.

Mr Solomon David is also another resident of the village, He also narrates the sufferings most pregnant women and elderly persons  in the village  face due to lack of hospital  or clinic in the area.

Solomon said,”We cannot estimate the number of women that have died as a result of lack of hospital in the villages. “lack of hospital is the greatest challenge everyone in the village is facing,can’t you see the nature of the road,it is only Tipper truck and motorcycles  that pass here every day, it’s a pity seeing our pregnant women climbing Tipper Truck to go to hospital,

Solomon appealed to the Kaduna state government to establish  primary health care centres in  villages ,so as to reduce the large numbers of women that usually die while trying to go to hospital for delivery

Another resident Musa Dauda told the  journalist that apart from lack of hospital , the  people residing in the area, are also facing problems  of  lack of school and other  basic amenities .

Mr Musa said politicians do usually come to the village during campaigns  promising  them many thing, but hardly they come back after winning the election\

He added that, “Nigerian politicians use to come  to see us with their candidates for campaign in big cars , come to our community and make promises to improve our lives, but hardly see them returned once they are elected into the offices”.

According to  Musa , this is the first time they are seeing  a journalist in this village adding that they are really grateful for the visit,

He  then appealed to the  Kaduna state government ,Non-governmental organizations ,Civil society organizations and development partners to come to their aid.

Source: AfricanprimeNews

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