The wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has attributed the increase in maternal mortality among women to their indifference to visiting anti-natal clinics when they are pregnant.
The first lady charged pregnant women in the country to be conscious of themselves and attend anti-natal clinic where they can be enlightened on how to handle any problem during pregnancy.
Hajiya Buhari in a speech through the wife of Enugu state governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, on the occasion of distribution of beverages to expectant and nursing mothers at Parklane Hospital, Enugu and Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka as part of her pet project of mother-baby welfare programme, noted that through anti-natal time pregnant women can identify their problems and how to solve them.
In her words, “through anti-natal time a pregnant woman can identify any problems and how to solve them, it is through anti-natal clinic time that pregnant woman is enlightened on how to handle any problem encountered.”
The Nigeria first lady also distributed the same items at the Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka where she urged women to pray for leaders for God’s protection and guidance. She equally advised them to visit anti-natal clinics when they are pregnant.
In their separate speeches on the occasion, the Chief Medical Director of Parklane Specialist Hospital, Enugu, Prof Gabriel Njeze and that of Bishop Shanahan Nsukka Dr. Augustine Ogbuanya, commended the wife of the President of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari for her kind gesture to expectant and nursing mothers in the state describing it as first of its kind.
They also applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for settling bills of some indigent patients in various hospitals in Enugu State worth millions of naira.
They appealed to the governor to assist the hospitals for more development in the schools of nursing in both hospitals.