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General News of Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Source: adomonline.com

Women threaten to ‘boycott’ child birth

Women at Teselima in the Bole Bamboi district of the Northern region have threatened to stop giving birth.

This is because they are alarmed by the soaring increase in maternal mortality in the area.

The women took the decision after more than four pregnant women on their way to the district capital, Bole, to give birth died in a spate of a week due to lack of health center for the community with over 1000 population.

The decision is causing serious marital dispute between spouses but the women are standing on their ground saying they will halt giving birth if a health center is not provided for them.

In an Interview with Adom News, some of the angry women said most of their family members and friends had died either on their way to the hospital or during delivery by a traditional birth attendant.

A mother, Mariam who delivered a week ago told Adom News it is scary to be pregnant in the area due to the unavailability of a health center.

She noted that she delivered at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo region, several miles from the community.

She pleaded with government to come to the aid of the hapless pregnant women who are dying rapidly.

A pregnant woman also added that her time to deliver was due but she hasn’t attended any prenatal care so she feared for her life.