Investigation: Absence , non- Completion of Kaduna 255 PHCs Worries Pregnant Women in Rural Communities

Twenty Five year old Mother of Four, Hajara Musa has been married for 8 years and ‎now she is seven months pregnant expecting her fifth child.

Hajara always delivered her children at home with the help of unskilled birth attendants due to the absence

of Primary Health Care in her community which is a stone throw from Kaduna , the State capital.


‎The shy looking housewife narrated how she spent days in labour before her family decided to take her to a PHC located in Rigachukun Community, about 10 kilometres from her village.

She explained that on that fateful day, it was raining heavily and no vehicle in the village to take her even though she had never attended an ante-natal care throughout her pregnancy period.

” I was rushed on a‎ Motorcycle because I was becoming weak. Our road was very bad and I couldn’t hold the pain hence I finally delivered by the roadside closed to a stream on our way.

” Myself and a female relation that accompanied me on the same motorcycle cleaned the baby before returning home,”she said with smiling.

“Now I’m seven months pregnant and I have not attended anti natal care.
“Women here don’t go for ante-natal because of the distance , we don’t have a PHC centre here in the community or closed by .So, we rely on local herbs and elderly women to help us deliver,”‘ she said
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Release Date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018