“I have been going through serious pains and stress. It’s not easy.”
It certainly cannot be easy for the speaker, Zainab, aged 30, who recently gave birth to quadruplets in a Kaduna village without help from anyone. And the mother of 12 never went for antenatal.
Makwalla village in Igabi, Kaduna State, where Zainab lives, lacks the necessary facilities and the distance between her and the nearest health centre, added to poor transportation, made her abandon medical check-ups during all the pregnancies she had carried over the years.
Zainab told Vanguard: “I have been giving birth to twins in this village without going for any medical checks. This time I delivered all four kids at my husband’s house without any assistance from anyone.”
She groans: “I have gone through serious pains, stress and, indeed, its not really easy giving birth to these four kids in a village without any support. But to God be the glory, I am fine.
“I always used traditional medicine and other drugs from local vendors, whenever I feel pain in my body.”
The same goes for the rest of the over 800 inhabitants of Makwalla for any ailment. Zainab said she chose to give birth at home because the nearest hospital is far away, and she can only reach it via commercial canoes and then Okada.
She added that most of the women in the village would welcome child spacing, but that there was no one to counsel them on how to do it.