Just barely a month ago, in the latter part of 2015, Latin America’s largest economy (Brazil) declared a state of emergency in her public healthcare following news of the birth of 2,400 babies suffering brain damage.
Owing to the set of mosquito-borne virus(zika), there have been 3,893 cases of microcephaly including cases recorded in the month of October, 44 death cases are being investigated and five babies already confirmed dead because of the virus., “zika” which is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue and chikungunya.“2,400 babies suffer brain damage – Zika” –
As bad as this may seem, here is what is more worrisome, tons of pregnant women under labour in hospital in Brazil cannot get medical care. With hospitals looking like refugee camps or war zone full of women in labour, yet can’t be admitted. Years of mismanagement, lack of sufficient care providers and hospital beds are some reason for the dire state of health.
But, this is not particular to Brazil, similar conditions occur in Nigeria, statistics shows that in Nigeria;
· A woman dies every two minute from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
· Nigeria accounts for 14% of global maternal mortality.
· Nigeria still practice antenatal care based on old European models of the 1900’s.
Reports from health care centers across Nigeria, confirms that women, especially those in public hospitals do not receive full care due to over population, insufficient care providers and so on.
In a survey of pregnant women receiving care,
· 37% of women never had their blood pressure checked.
· 41% never had their blood tested.
· 45% never had their urine tested.
· 25% never had their abdomen checked and
· 63% were never informed of any danger signs.
The World Health Organization (WHO), Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) program have recommended focused antenatal care for low resource countries.
In order to prevent such limitations and to achieve the full life-saving potential for women and babies, the WHO focused antenatal care will include four visits providing essential evidence based interventions.
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