#BounceExclusive: Why Most Gombe Women Give Birth At Home
Do you know that most women still put to bed at home despite the dangers involved in Gombe State?
38-year-old Muhammad Baban-Raga shared his experience with Bounce News.
He said his wife has just put to bed for the 6th time and like previous births, the baby was received at home except for one that was delivered at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) in Gombe.
He said, “It might sound unbelievable, but the fact is that we bypass birth in hospital due to our financial problems and the lack of a subsidized health care services in Gombe”.
Raga said the campaign for pregnant mothers to visit health facilities will remain a mirage if the government and other organisations working on health care services do not fund the sector.
Some other resident in the affected community complained that newborns received at government established health facility turn out to be financial burdens to the family.
It was gathered that the delivering kit is N5,000 while other materials the expectant parents are to provide could exceed N20,000.
Meanwhile, the Director Human Resource at Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (GSPHDA), Muhammed Kolo-Bajoga, on 13th November 2018, revealed that only 16 birth deliveries were recorded in a health facility in Kupto village in Funakaye Local Government Area (LGA) of Gombe State in 2017.
The Director made the revelation at the commissioning ceremony of a primary health center built by ActionAid and Hope For Lonely Foundation in the Kupto community.
He said the figure has so far increased to 260 in 2018. Women in the community and neighboring villages have been advised to attend ante and post natal clinic regularly.
The Gombe State Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Scorecard that was recently released by the Gombe State Accountability Mechanism (GoSAM), revealed that the percentage of pregnant women who report for antenatal care before twenty weeks, from January to June 2018 stands at 30 percent in Gombe Local Government Area (LGA); of which only 15 percent attend post-natal care in clinics within three days of delivery.
Aliyu Muhammad, a trader in Mile 3 told Bounce News that he has observed with dismay how authorities in the country treat issues relating to health and welfare of citizens with disdain.
“Health sector is one of the most important sectors that government should focus on, because it has to with everything and everybody. As such I think funding the sector should be obligatory to governments”, Malam Aliyu said.
Speaking on how inaccessible and poor the health care services are in rural areas, Kawuwa Modibbo-Goni, said that the hospitals have been turned to a place only meant for the rich.
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