How Clergymen Are Getting Away With Killing Our Pregnant Women – Inyang Asibong

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By Grace Orok

Cross River Health Commissioner, Dr. Inyang Asibong Wednesday in Calabar, the state’s capital said that the increasing mortality rate of pregnant women due to the patronage of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) will be tackled through the building of advocacy centers.

Dr. Asibong stated this while delivering a keynote lecture titled; “Early Intervention; Panacea for Excellent Clinical Outcome” at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association where she said that the state is putting measures in place to return residents to medical facilities.

“We have religious leaders telling these people what and what not to do, and they prefer listening to them than their parents or health workers.

“Most times they prefer to labor for long and are taken to the hospital when they are on their last breath. Eventually when they die in the hospital, we are not allowed to prosecute because the leaders in question are pastors and they get away with it.

“We are trying to break that culture by employing health advocacy centers and are also talking to the pastors who are ignorant, to let their patients be in the hospitals where they can always come and pray for them,” said Dr. Asibong.

Medical practitioners attended the event (Credit: CrossRiverWatch/Grace Orok)

She listed some cases she had been involved in and pointed out that the challenge of FBOs was common in Sub-Saharan Africa especially those fanatical about religion.

The proposed Ayadecare centers she said, will be used for purposes of intervention to prevent such incidents from occurring again.

Also, she pointed out that early detection of diseases and intervention was key to excellent clinical performance.

She said that: “Early intervention and prevention is better than cure as we live in a resource constrained setting. If we wait till the disease has progressed, we would have a problem treating that person.

“Take for instance Cancer, we don’t have enough equipments in treating it but if Cervical cancer is dictated early, it can be completely cured.”

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, explained that some HomeCare hospitals were launched last month in some local government areas of which Obubra is among and said it was expected that patients would take advantage of this opportunity and utilize it for early intervention.

The event was attended by medical practitioners from different areas of specialization and were charged to continue doing the “right thing” by the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Ikechukwu Ukweh who also advised them to always stick to the Hippocratic oath and not consider patients socio-economic status before attending to them.

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