Below is a Facebook post by Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Love in which she revealed what an hospital in Akwa Ibom told her pregnant staff who went into labour.
”Right now millions of woman are pregnant. The majority of pregnant women reading my update right now are from developed countries were giving birth is safe because of professional care and advanced technology.
When I was pregnant with David Jr. I felt very lucky to be able to give birth in Denmark, where we have the most advanced hospitals in the world. I was surrounded by the best medical team of professional doctors and nurses. If any complications would occur during delivery I would be able to get the best treatment in the world. The chance of neonatal death was very minimal.
I´m lucky. But millions of women all over the world are not as lucky as me.
Every year 3.4 million neonatal deaths occur within the first week of life due to inadequate and inappropriate care during pregnancy, delivery and the first hours after birth.
Maternal mortality is unacceptably high. About 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day due to very poor conditions. And almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries !
Last week DINNødhjælp/ACAEDF nursing officer Rose Efiok went into labour and was rushed to the hospital.
At first everything was very normal but then unforeseen complications started, and Rose had to deliver through a surgical incision, a cesarean.
But unfortunately for Rose she came to the hospital on one of those days were cesareans are not carried out !!!
She was told to wait 2 days !!
This is not breaking news but let me remind you that giving birth is not the same as breaking a leg ! This is a pregnancy and if complications occur the baby AND the mother are at very high risk of dying if the right medical care is not provided !
Rose had to call David Emmanuel Umem and Nsidibe Orok who rushed to the hospital to bring her to a private clinic in the middle of the night. The baby almost died !!
But after many stressful hours of worries, our baby boy finally came to the world on the 10 of March. He is a little fighter, strong as his mother.
My thoughts to Rose ( I love you ) and to all African women who are the ones suffering the most during pregnancy.
Imagine a world where motherhood is safe for all women.
Can’t wait to hold our little boy in my arms very soon”.