By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna, North West, Nigeria ….Traditional title holder in kaduna turns his palace to clinic to reduce maternal mortality in his community.
The name of the community is called Kangimi Ubangida ,which is located in igabi local Government kaduna state north western Nigeria ,and its surrounded with six different villages on your way to Jos from kaduna
This village has been in existence for about 180-200 years and the population of the residents here is over one million people according to local statistic ,which are predominantly Hausa and Fulani by tribe.
Majority of them are farmers, cattle rearers and petty trader, while most of the women remain as house wives due to lack of skilled acquisition to empowered them,
The six communities that surrounded the Kangimi –ubangida are Kangimi-Hayin ‘yan Tifa,Kangima-Hayin tsohun kwalta, Unguwar Kosubo,unguwar labin wura Koshi”Nomadic”,Unguwar Fulani shugaba Isa,Unguwar Mallam shumo,
Indeed ,Lack of primary health care or any medical centre in the entire Six communities force the head of the villages to turn his palace into Clinic ,in which most of the rural dwellers mostly women,childrens and elderly person do usually comes for treatment twice in a week
Alhaji Abdullahi Ubangida is the head of the community”kangimi-ubangida” ,he told TraceReporter that visited the community that due to lack of hospital in the community, pregnant women spend about 17 -20 kilometers from the village to kawo general hospital for their anti-natal and to meet with specialist on counseling about child-birth spacing
Investigation reveals that Some pregnant women prepared going to Maraban-jos which is about 10 -12 kilometer from here, but some of them prepare going to kaduna hospital despite the large distance from their home to the city.
Lack of hospital is the greatest challenges all residents in the communities are facing, as they have to travel very far away distance before assessing any medical check up or Anti-natal services
Abdullahi says,”we don’t have any hospital in the community, and as a result of this problems most of our sick one has to travel far away in the search of medical attention”
“it is in view of the problem and as the head of the community, I decided to meet with health workers in town ,and I begged them to be coming to my community, so as to help my people in which I donated a place were they will be sitting and treating patient with drugs and other medical advices”
“That place is my palace were all the traditional title holders of the community usually comes to see me and deliberate on issues concerning our people”
Abdullahi further say,” it was my palace that I donate which turns to be a place where patients come for medical treatment,”
“The patients in large number usually do comes here Twice in a week ,Tuesday and Friday for their medical treatment and advices , and this is as a result of lack of hospital or any PHC in the community,adding that some still prepare going far away for their treatment but the poor that are in my community,this is where they come for treatment”
He says, the fact is that every Monday, I used my car to travels to town and bring the Drugs which I do keep it in my palace before using it for Tuesday morning, we really lack store room and other places keep equipment due to lack of electricity in the community
“there is a primary school in our village but we dont have PHC that is why am calling on kaduna state Government to come to our aid”
Maryam is a resident in the community with Five childrens,,she expressed sadness over the suffering most pregnant women faces in the community as a result of lack of PHC in the community
She says most of the women residing in the village likes family planning ,but there is no one or an organization that has ever volunteer him self to come and sensitize them about health matters
Pointing out clearly that, some women still prepare given birth at home in other to avert all sort of suffering due to lack of PHC in the community.
She the appealed the All Non –governmental organization NGOs ,and civil society organization CSOs, UNICEF,W.H.O and kaduna state Government to comes to their rescue, so as to save more women from issues related to maternal maternity and infant death