‘How we give birth in wheelbarrows’
Madamai is a village in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The community, located on a rocky terrain, is some three hours away from Kaduna main town; the community lacks healthcare centre, good road, schools and portable drinking water.
The journey to Madamai community which should ordinarily be a five minutes’ drive takes 20 to 25 minutes because of the bad roads which the residents say contributes to the death of many women in the area, especially those in labour.
It is also difficult for smaller vehicles to get to the area, especially during the rainy season as the roads get flooded.
This makes many women to either deliver their babies in the bush or in the wheelbarrows on their way to the clinic.
Esther Yakubu, 35, said she didn’t know she would be alive today to tell her story considering the challenges she faced when she was in labour with her fifth child, a few months ago.
She spent two days in labour in her room without any form of assistance from a health worker or traditional birth attendant because there were none in the community.
Her husband, Mr. Yakubu, could not take her to the community clinic because there were no health workers to assist her deliver the baby and there was nobody in the village that owned a car to convey her to a nearby Primary Health Care centre in Malagun community.
Her husband was left with no option than to use a wheelbarrow to convey her to the main road where he would probably get a car to take her to a clinic at Kagoro town, about five kilometers from their village.
The men in the community carry pregnant women in labour on their shoulders or use wheelbarrows to take them to other health facilities in neighbouring communities to deliver their babies.
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