Maternal Death Rate in Rural Bayelsa, a Worrisome Trend

Maternal Death Rate in Rural Bayelsa, a Worrisome Trend

Maternal Death Rate in Rural Bayelsa, a Worrisome Trend

The increasing rate of maternal death during childbirth has become quite worrisome particularly in the rural areas as more women die while trying to give life to another.

Some community residents say many women in the rural areas do not go for antenatal services but prefer to visit traditional birth attendants who may lack some professional skills in child delivery.

Maternal Death Rate in Rural Bayelsa, a Worrisome Trend

However, many others noted that there is a lack of health facilities in the rural areas and where one is present, it is usually faraway, as many women have to travel or walk several miles to access health services.

Some women in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state say they are sometimes comfortable with the traditional birth attendants who they know while lamenting on the unruly attitude of some health officers in the government health facilities.

However, a monarch who expressed his opinion on the issue said communities need to take ownership of government health services by embarking on tours across various communities to sensitize women as some of them are not aware of the location of these facilities to ensure that they are judiciously used.

He appealed to the government to provide financial support and drugs for effective service delivery.

The people urged the State Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre, SEMCHIC to work in synergy with the Local Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre, LEMCHIC to provide more qualitative health services in the various local government areas of Bayelsa state.

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