The high level of miscarriages being recorded in Rido community in Kaduna State has been blamed on bad state of their road by women in the community.
The women also said that the situation has crippled social and economic activities in the community.
The women said that the primary health center in the community do not operate at night, thus forcing them to convey patients to Kaduna when the need arises.
“When a woman is in labour at night, we have to look for a way to take her to town for delivery because the primary health center here does not operate at night,” a mother of two, Amina Musa said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the community is about 4km from Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company.
Mrs Musa believed that the recent miscarriage she had of her twins was due to the bad condition of the road.
”I am a food vendor at refinery, I ply this bad road daily on motorcycle because this is where I earn my living; I had miscarriage before now and I got pregnant again which was four months twins and I lost them due to the bad road,” she insisted.
Alheri Obadiah, a mother of three who has had three miscarriages, said: “I almost lost my life; one of the miscarriages I had was of a six months pregnancy.”
Juwairiyya Abubakar, a traditional birth attendant and religious teacher, acknowledged the challenge faced by women in the community, saying that some of the women were however shy in sharing their experiences.
“So far we are grateful that in spite of the bad road, cases of maternal death and death of children under five have dropped drastically because we always encourage them to attend antenatal classes, immunisation and family planning for safety.
”From last year to this year , we lost two women, but no child died; we only had cases of convulsion, typhoid and malaria in children due to polluted water.
” We also discourage early marriages, dropping out of school and hawking,” Mrs Abubakar said.