Malaria: Major Cause of Miscarriages among Pregnant Women – NGO Warns

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

The Chairperson of a Non-Governmental Organization—Women for Women Foundation (WWF) and the Proprietor of Fateemah Clinic and Laboratory, Angwar Dosa, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar has observed that malaria has been a major cause of miscarriage among pregnant women if not treated.

Hajiya Maryam who made the observation when a team of Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Saint Francis of Assisi, Mando paid an official visit to her in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria mentioned that because the women think their womb and the service is clean, they are not prone to malaria.

“I have worked some many hospitals, when these women come to hospital and malaria is dictated, you given them drugs for malaria that will help them and their unborn child. They will not take it but instead what they will say, is that you want to abort their pregnancy and went on with their live.

“When they give birth and after 1 or 2 months the baby will die of hepatitis B, they will accuse their mother in-laws of witch craft due to lack of treatment of the malaria.

“There is also what they call prostate enlargement that is killing the older people of 50-70 years old and if not treated, it blander cancer which most men do not know about so it is our responsibility to enlighten and sensitized them on these issues.

“If there is an early dictation of the disease, it will go a go tackle and remove before it get enlarge and will be untreatable. So the free medical service will be my donation to the people of your church.

“When Sister Joy told me that she is coming with the youth of her church to pay me a visit, l am so impressed and I said, l am going places to have support from another side of religion, it is a good recognition on my side.

“So with this visit, l do not want to be bias or stay in one place but want to be associated with the Muslims, Christians and even the pagan to be part of them and see what they are doing, their problems and how l can help.

“I want to reach the unreached, the disabled, poor and the needy and if there is anything the church want me, my NGO or the clinic to do, please do not hesitate to ask.“My field is medical as you know and l will surely look into it and see where l can come in and help” She opined.

The Chairperson therefore advises that both religions should learn how to remove tribalism and sentiments in every issue but rather work as one for the development of the state and the country.

The President of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Saint Francis of Assisi, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna-North, Brother Gabriel Michael said the aim of the visit is to commend Women for Women Foundation in her contributions on humanitarian work among the needy in term of given free medical health services.

According to him, it is not easy for one person to do what she is doing free of charges without any help from Government whenever being called upon, adding that even the politician cannot help the citizens like she is doing without gaining from the help.

“We commend your effort and pray that Allah to continue to give you back whatever your help is coming from.

“The CYON of the church has been organizing series of empowerments for the youths but there is no external help and support to project the skills learnt which is why we want to partners with your Organization for more enlightenment.

“It would be an encouragement from the side of a Muslims women and medical expert in that matter to come to the church and give free medical care to the Christians without fear which will boost the relationship and also help bring understanding and tolerance to both  religion” he stressed.

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