KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Womenhood Foundation of Nigeria (WFN), has on Tuesday taken sensitization on the importance of antenatal key to curbed maternal mortality rate to Kabobo community.
Founder and Chairperson of WFN, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, disclosed this when she led a team of medical and health experts to the community, who though close to the seat of government, has no single Primary Health Care (PHC) facility.
Addressing the Village Council before the sensitization exercise, Hajiya Abubakar also announced the award of scholarships to some youth in the community to enable them study in the Womenhood School of Health Sciences, Kaduna.
According to her, this will go a long way to help the youth be self-reliant; and also give back to their society the knowledge impacted on them in school through practice.
“We are here in Kabobo to sensitized and enlightened residents on the importance of antenatal key, because women make up the chunk of population in the village, as there is no sight of a single PHC facility for them to accessed for their health needs.
“Most of the women who are young girls are pregnant and needed to be taken care of, hence the essence of this sensitization.
“Residents of the community were excited on sighting our team, and it was discovered one of the areas the women showed much interest is information on child spacing programme, which they lack access to the facility.
“They also enquired to know more about Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID), commonly known as Toilet Infections. Another area they wanted information is on Hypertension and bleeding during child birth (Hemorrhage).
“We hope to return to the community soonest to see if there is an improvement after this sensitization exercise,” she said.
Speaking to Journalists after the sensitization exercise, the Village Head of Kabobo, Adamu Isa Kabobo, thanked WFN and Developmental Reporters for their visit and the exercise carried out for his subjects.
He said the visit of the team has really opened their eyes to so many things like, allowing their girl-child to attend schools instead of giving them out for marriage at young age.
“I thank you all for the visit because it’s the first time we have August visitors like you in this village.
“The last time you visited the village we didn’t meet but here you are again with a good news to us. Honestly, i don’t know how to thank you.
“Although we do have other challenges in this village such as road, the road need to be tarred. Doing so will make life easy and comfortable for our people.
“We also need a clinic closeby to make it more accessible to us, our wives and children. Due to lack of PHC our women find it difficult to go for ante natal but if the government will help build one for us here in Kabobo it will really change our lives,” he said.
Kabobo is located 15 kilometres West of Rigachikun, and 27 kilometres away from the Kaduna metropolitan city in Afaka Ward of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.