Sekinat was nine-months old pregnant but never attended an ante-natal during the length of the pregnancy.

When she was to put to bed, complications arose because of she lacked enlightenment and education. 

This is one of the several cases recorded in Gombe State on daily basis as pregnant women develop complications after child birth because of failure to attend ante-natal.

This challenge prompted Jewel Health and Development Initiative (JEHDI) to organise a sensitization program for pregnant women from Gombe Abba the ancient city of Gombe and the whole of Dukku LGA to attend antenatal care (ANC) during pregnancy.

The executive director of JEHDI Abubakar Abdullahi told Bounce News that the public lecture is a biannual event organized in remembrance of Late Senator Kawu Peto Dukku who until his death in 2010 was the senator representing Gombe north senatorial district.

“As a politician he contributed to the lives of many, so we chose to honor him for what he has done right from when he was at Gombe state house of assembly to the senate chamber”. Abubakar Abdullahi said.

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He said the choice of Gombe Abba as the venue of the event was due to its historical importance to Gombe State. 

He added that his organisation conducted research and consultation with the Ward Development Committee (WDC) of the town, and it indicated that the people of the area required to be informed more on the issue of ANC despite the efforts in place.

The Emir of Dukku Haruna Rasheed who was represented by Galadiman Dukku called on husbands in the area to allow and support their wives to seek professional assistance in clinics when pregnant. 

He equally called on the organisers of the program to extend the sensitization program to other parts of Dukku LGA.

Suleman Muhammad a resident in Gombe Abba told Bounce News that they want government to come and improve health centers in communities of the LGA as that will attract more women to go for ANC which will in return reduce maternal mortality rates.