SPECIAL REPORT: Women in Abuja communities abandon clinics, rely on traditional birth attendants for delivery
Asabe Joshua resides in Igu, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. Located about 15 kilometres from Bwari town of Bwari Local Government Area, the community is as rural as you are likely to find in many other parts of Africa’s largest economy.
A public primary health care centre is located in the village but it could just as well not have been there.
“I delivered my children through Mama (a traditional birth attendant (TBA),” Mrs Joshua, a mother of two, told this reporter.
“She does it better than the nurses in the (community’s) clinic and she is always available whenever we need her.”
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