Women assessing health care at Birnin Kudu Federal Medical Centre in Jigawa State have expressed their disapproval of a registration fee hike in the hospital. Some of the women who spoke with NOTAGAIN Campaign disclosed that the fee hike from N200 to N2000 naira has reduced the number of women who could have accessed maternal health care in the hospital.
The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji has advised pregnant women to patronise only registered health facilities, while also commending the NOTAGAIN initiative.
Ikuforiji made the plea in Lagos during a launch of ‘NOTAGAIN Campaign’, a nationwide grassroots advocacy for the reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria organised by Women Advocates’ Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), with the support of the MacArthur Foundation.
Two months after the traditional marriage ceremony between Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Nkechinyere Agbasi was formalised, Mrs Agbasi conceived. The entire Agbasi family received the news with excitement. Considering the African culture that perceives children as divine gifts from God, families, relations, friends and colleagues looked forward to the save delivery of the baby.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the issue of maternal health could not be addressed without tackling the issue of family planning.
The Minister stated this in Abuja Tuesday when he received a report on: “Maternal Health in Nigeria, A Situation Report,” which was presented by Chima O.Izugbara, Senior Research Scientist on Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health, African Population and Health Research Centre.
Ibidun Gbolahan at first meeting will strike you as a happily married woman and so with Voke Omoregie.
Gbolahan is in her mid-twenties and works in one of the new generation banks on the Lagos Island.
As a teenager in secondary, she discovered that the flow of her monthly periods was not consistent and inside of her, she usually felt itchy and uncomfortable.
Medical examinations showed that the scar she had as a result of female genital circumcision that was performed on her as a child was responsible for the condition.
The trauma of rape and unwanted pregnancies forces victims to procure unsafe abortion, resulting in death and reproductive health complications. In order to address this challenge, Gender activist and Country Director, Ipas Nigeria, Hauwa Shekarau, in this interview with Franka Osakwe, calls for a review of the nation’s abortion law and increased freedom for women to make healthy choices. Excerpts:
Is it right for a woman to abort an unwanted pregnancy?
Dr. Luther-King Fasehun is the Nigeria Country Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA). In this interview with Health Correspondent Marcus Fatunmole, he discussed the activities of the Foundation and its commitment towards the reduction of child and maternal mortality in the country and beyond.
Could you please tell us a bit about the Wellbeing Foundation Africa?
By Franka Osakwe
Igbologun is one of the riverine communities in Amowo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos, where pregnant women and children pay stiff price to stay alive, although maternal services are free in Lagos State.
This island community also known as Snake Island, with over twenty thousand people, largely child bearing women and children, has only one poorly functioning Primary Health Centre (PHC), which is not patronized for maternal services.