Deplorable hospital forces Kano pregnant women trek 3km in search of healthcare

Pregnant women in the Tabanni community at Wagara ward, Tofa Local Government Area of Kano state trek over three kilometres to other communities in search of healthcare delivery as a healthcare centre in their area has since become deplorable and collapsed.

The Tabanni Kano community health centre which serves an estimated 10,000 population has no health workers and beds to admit patients who visit to access healthcare delivery.

Miss. Juliet, who spoke to MAWA regarding the hospital, narrated how Tabanni community residents are dying as a result of the absence of healthcare delivery while pointing out that women and children are the most hit.

Juliet narrated how a good number of the Tabanni community residents travel far distances in search of healthcare delivery. She, however, added that some of the pregnant women trek kilometres away to other communities to access ante-natal care. A situation she says is not good for pregnant women considering their fragility when carrying a baby.

“It is a known fact that pregnant women are not supposed to trek a long distance, the deplorable condition of Tabanni community is putting them at risk”, Juliet.

Mr. Ibrahim, a community activist, who claims to have monitored hospitals across rural communities in Kano, speaking to MAWA on the healthcare situation in the state, described them as terrible and unfortunate.

Deplorable Tabanni Kano community health care
Deplorable Tabanni Kano community health care. Photo Credit: Tracka

Ibrahim speaking in an angry tone, accused the Kano State Government of diverting huge sums of monies she claims to have expended on healthcare delivery every year.

“I have been to many rural community healthcare centres in Kano, and virtually all of them are in a pitiable deplorable condition, we are yet to understand how the state government deploys huge sums of monies it allocates to healthcare yearly,” Ibrahim said.

Tracka a public accountability organization that first exposed the deplorable condition of the hospital, says pregnant women trek over kilometres to other communities to access healthcare delivery.

MAWA-Foundation could not immediately reach out to the Kano state government for an official response.

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