The Death of Morenikeji—— Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

Morenkeji......

No one was around when Morenikeji first fell, so it took some time before someone found her. She had been pounding yam for her husband’s dinner when she felt a sharp, blinding pain in her stomach. Even though she was nine months pregnant, she had never been to the doctor for this baby or the two pregnancies before it. Her neighbor had encouraged her to do so, but Morenikeji feared her husband would not give her permission. By the time, Morenikeji and her husband made the two-hour journey to the clinic, she was barely breathing. The doctor said it was a miracle that her baby was delivered alive. Unfortunately, Morenikeji was not so lucky.....

 

As an individual, what did you learn from this?

Many of the problems that arise during pregnancy and put the mother’s life at risk could be avoided with regular visits to the doctor. For example, if Morenikeji had consulted a doctor , she would have known that carrying heavy loads or pounding yam are dangerous activities for a pregnant woman and her baby.....

What can you do to help???

Encourage pregnant mothers you know to make regular visits to the doctor. This can save the lives of both mother and child.

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