By: Kate Obi/Kaduna
If Kaduna State Government, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations do not come to the rescue of Kangimin Ubangida Community with modern hospital and professional medical personals, the state will be witnessing reduction in population especially in women, children and economically.
This is because Kangimin Ubangida Community, predominately farmers and house wives, 30 Kilometers away from Mararraban Jos, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna-Zaria Express Way North-West, Nigeria is witnessing maternal and child mortality due to lack of hospital and trained birth attendance.
A volunteer, Haiya Aisha Abdullaji Ubagida Kangimi working with UNICEF for 2 years in the Community shortly after sensitization Campaign on Maternal and Child Health by a Non-Governmental Organization ‘Amana Hope and Care Initiative on 24th of November, 2018 told reportcircle that the community has recorded about 10 maternal and child death.
According to her, 4 women died of bleeding, 2 died of child birth while 1 died after given birth due to lack of hospital, professional nurses and traditional birth attendant to take care of during their tries.
She lamented that as at this November, they have recorded other 3 death, 1 die after given birth due to excessive blessing while 2 died during delivery, saying that the recent one that just died, the baby is begin taken care of by the deceased sister Hauwau Jibril.
Hajiya Aisha stressed that she has been complaining to UNICEF about the situation of the community to do something but till now nothing has been done to aid their situation, adding that any mother that want to give birth usually travel to Kawo inside Kaduna and when the situation is critical, there is no nearby hospital to go to.
“We have 3 deaths this month, one die while delivery, the other 2 died of bleeding on the way before we will reach Kawo. There is no hospital in this community, l have been here since 2 years helping them and within the year, we have recorded 7 deaths.
“All the time, l have been telling UNICEF to help provide small health clinic and midwife or professional birth attendant, they said they would do something but up still now nothing has been done.
“We have traditional person that gives medicine but she is not trained and the medicine do not work” she laments.
Telling us her story, Hajiya Hawau Jibril who is the sister of a decease mother said her sisters die because of bleeding and before they can reach Kawo hospital she die on the way.
“I am the one taken care of the child now, l don’t know what to do because the mother is not around and l don’t have money to buy milk to feed her. Please help me.
“My sister first baby die in her womb and after some time, she took in again and now she has gone leaving the orphan with me. If the government will come and help us by building a small hospital, we will be reducing in number. The hospital will help us because some our husband don’t have money that we will use to go to Kawo so we the women are suffering here, please help us”. She stressed.
Meanwhile, the Founder of ‘Amana Hope and Care Initiative, Hajiya Farida Abubakar has donated drugs worth thousands of naira to the women of Kangimin Ubangida Community to reduce cases of maternal and child mortality.
According to her, the essence of her visit is to reduce material and child mortality being witnessed in the community due to lack of hospital and also to help bring intervention with the help of state governments, civil societies, and non-governmental organizations.
“I selected Kangimin Ubgida Community as one among the six communities l intends to bring intervention with the el of other organizations and state government because l realized especially in the northern part of the country, we are placed with challenges of maternal mortality and postnatal care.
“Most of the challenges her is lack of information and knowledge. Some do not attend antenatal care and at the end of the end, they die given birth. We want to see how we can bring an intervention to them.
“Also the most of their challenges is lacks of hospital as l have told early and health care facility, professional health workers and the only person in this community assisting them is a volunteer that don’t have knowledge on how to deal with the issue.
“I think, the wealthy individuals should come to the aid of these women. They cannot go to hospital because of distance from their community to Kawo to access health care services so they prefer to give birth at home even their families do not allow them to go to hospital due to lack of transportation.
She called on the state government and other non-governmental organization as a matter of urgency to come to the aid of the community, pointing out that the deaths of the women would have been averted if serious measure have been taken for over 2 years now.