Following the outbreak of the Global pandemic Coronavirus, some pregnant have lamented rejection by medical doctors from accessing anti-natal care in Bauchi State.
Some women who were turned back from consulting doctors on their appointment dates have expressed fear of unknown about their unborn children. One of the women, Aisha Ahmad who spoke with Our Correspondent at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, (ATBUTH) Bauchi on Monday said she had cesarean section (CS) while delivering her first child. “I have been experiencing pain in that part again during this second pregnancy.
“I got here this morning for my appointment to see a doctor but I was told to go home and return when my pregnancy is eight months,” she said. Another six months old pregnant woman, Ibukun Oladunjoye, said she visited the hospital for an assessment but was told by one of the doctors to leave. “He told me that, ‘what were you doing at home since all these days?’ they have turning me back since four months back now,” she said.
Also, Khadija Suleiman was seen looking forlorn while returning home with a copy of scan result she was asked to make when she complained that she was not feeling any movement of the foetus. “I’m scared, I can’t feel anything in my stomach after seven months. Now they told me to come back after one month. I met one of the doctors personally to explain the result of the scan but shouted at me,” she said.
The Public Relations Officer, Mr. Aminu Yusuf of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH when contacted said the Management has suspended services at clinic to out patients to curb the spread of the virus. Aminu Yusuf said there was an instruction to halt services for the out patients because of Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “The Management has suspended services at clinic to out patients to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. This is for period of six months.”