By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”PREGNANT women have been urged not to wait till about six months or when they are due before they present themselves for ante-natal sessions.
Programme Officer, Rural Africa Health Initiative outreach (RAHI), Dr. Oshonwoh Ferdinad, who in Port Harcourt yesterday noted that early participation in such sessions would help reduce rising cases of infant mortality, said it was becoming very worrisome that in some states in the Niger Delta alone, in every 100,000 cases of delivery recorded 850 died.
He blamed late registration in ante-natal sessions in hospitals by pregnant women for some of the cases.
He said his non-governmental organization (NGO) was set to embark on sensitization programmes on safe child and motherhood in rural areas around the country, particularly the riverine parts of the Niger Delta where cases of delayed involvement in ante-natal sessions were rampant.
â€œWe will begin community mobilization on why pregnant women should present to health centers early enough to avoid child and maternal mortality.
â€œSome women only begin to think of going to health centers after about six months of being pregnant,â€ he said, adding that the NGOÂ would also take up medical challenges facing those in wet land areas.
Oshonwo said last week they operated a 30-year-old man on tropical sphenomegaly syndrome (TSS), an ailment the man had carried on for about twenty five years.
He said the case reawakened the need for the group to call on government at all levels in the country to take the provision of medicare at affordable rate very seriously.
â€œWe were touched by his case. He had carried such an ailment for 25 years because of lack of money. Though we came to his rescue, but again the incident reawakened the need for us to urge government to do more for the people in the area of medicare,â€ Oshonwo said.