A 30-year-old woman, Zainab Abu of Makwalla community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State has made news headlines after she gave birth to a set of quadruplets in the village without going for any antenatal care or medical check-up.
According to the woman, who is already a mother of 12, lack of facilities and the distance barrier coupled with inadequate transportation facilities in the village culminated to her inability to attend hospital throughout her pregnancy period.
She said, “l have been giving birth to multiple number of twins in the village without going for any medical diagnosis, or see a doctor. This time around wasn’t an exception when l gave birth to these children without attending any hospital because of the challenges we are going through in the village.”
Zainab further confessed that throughout her life as a housewife, she has never attended any antenatal or has been counseled on child spacing due to the distance of their village to any available medical centre nearest to their residence.
She explained that she has been giving birth to multiple of twins, stressing that this is the first time she has given birth to quadruplets.
Zainab explained, “I have gone through serious pains, stress, and indeed it’s not really easy giving birth to four kids at a time in the village without any modern medical support. I thank God for helping me to have given birth to these children safely.
“I always used traditional medicine and other drugs from local drugs vendors in the village whenever l felt pains in my body.
“I also chose to give birth in the village for fear of using the canoe to cross the river and thereafter use motorcycle for a long distance before getting any modern medical facility. The pain involved and the fear of the unknown always make some of us in the village to take the risk of giving birth in the village.”