Life-givers giving in to death in the process of giving life.
You ever wondered at the irony of this?
Some months back, someone very close to me lost his young wife immediately after childbirth. She never even got to meet the precious life she had so longed and prepared for.
This was a young woman who was healthy throughout the pregnancy period up till the moment she entered the delivery room, a woman who never suffered from as much as headache throughout and a woman who never missed ante-natal appointments, not even once!
Painful more was the fact that she was a christian together with her husband. When I say a christian, I mean a ‘child of God’, more than a churchgoer.
That was too close to home and I took the loss personal. Circumstances scream mismanagement and legal action would have been instituted against the hospital if it were in developed countries.
Oh, well. God knows best, I concluded.
And then, two weeks ago I was doing grocery shopping on the street and I got talking with the grocer who I had not seen in like 6months only to learn that she just suffered the loss of her young daughter less than 2 months ago. I knew this young girl too and had previously interacted with her.
She died during childbirth.
To crown it all, last week I read about the sad demise of the young CEO of Ewar. She also lost her life in the process of giving life.
The first and third sad incidences occurred in General Hospitals, reputed to have highly trained ‘specialists’ while the second case was managed in a ‘mission house’.
Mission houses are religious centers with one or two attendants who aid deliveries. Whether these attendants are trained in vocations other than praying is not certain.
Cause of death in the first two sad cases: Postpartum Hemorrhage.
Oh how I hate that word and the irredeemable havoc it is wreaking amidst women today.
PPH or post partum hemorrhage is simply excessive / profuse discharge of blood from ruptured blood vessels during childbirth. It is considered the most common cause of death during childbirth, even in developing countries.
Research shows that approximately 800 women lose their lives daily from pregnancy and childbirth related conditions. What, 800 dying daily in the course of giving birth?
God help us all.
A report advocates ensuring women giving birth in health facilities with a midwife present being the best strategy to reduce maternal mortality.
But I think about my friend’s wife and that seemed to be of no help in her case. Maybe shes an exception but how long will life givers keep succumbing to the cold grips of the grim reaper?
Also more saddening is the fact that some women, especially the uneducated still ignorantly prefer to be delivered at mission houses or by TBAs (Traditional Birth Assistants). These TBAs have little or no education and they end up endangering the lives of mothers and babies. These has contributed significantly to maternal deaths in my own opinion because some of these assistants are not trained to manage high risk cases, they do not possess the necessary tools to aid deliveries. Oftentimes, they take on high risk cases and by the time they run out of ideas, they end up referring to the hospitals, which is sometimes too late.
I also wish the use of TBAs and mission houses could be banned. Yes, banned totally so every woman would be constrained to seek medical help appropriately even though things do go awry at the hospitals too but the chances of survival are higher.
Ok, maybe its asking for too much asking for a total ban, maybe they can actually be compelled to start registering with ‘real’ medical centres and maybe they can also be trained regularly and educated properly on best practices while ensuring they understand their limits / boundaries and stop managing high risk cases.
Maybe imposing heavy sanctions in the event of non-compliance would go a long way in ensuring they abide by the rules and regulations.
Now this is a tall one, given the peculiar
greedy nature of our leaders in this country, I really wish above all else that all health care centers in the country are functional and fully equipped with highly motivated staffs who would be committed to ensuring the best service delivery for their patients.
Maybe I’m running ahead of myself here…I don’t know…and I really wonder even as I type this whether all written above could be effected in this country but one can only hope.
Who knows, you may end up saving a life or two or three. And what greater satisfaction or fulfilment is there knowing that you have helped significantly in reducing this ugly statistic, one life at a time.
I say it is not enough to wish or hope or write but all hand must be on deck to reduce, if not totally eradicate this.
Let’s all take it upon ourselves to be our sisters’ keepers, no woman deserves to lose her life while trying to give life.
Just read this article this morning on maternal mortality, you may want to check it out here