Man divorces wife for allowing male doctor attend to her during delivery

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A man in Katsina State has allegedly divorced his 14-year old house wife for allowing a male medical doctor attend to her while giving birth to his baby.

The divorced teenage mother was said to have had a complicated child birth, resulting to being rushed to the hospital where there was no female medical practitioner on ground to attend to her. As a result, the only male medical practitioner available attended to her during labour, a development that led to the crash of her marriage.

Although the lady reportedly have given birth successfully, her husband’s joy was cut short when he rushed to the hospital to realize that the medical doctor that attended to the wife during labour was a male. Peeved by the development, he subsequently divorced the wife.

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Thursday, in Abuja, while speaking as a keynote speaker at the Human Resources for Health Production Dialogue, appealed to governments, especially state governments to ensure there was equity in the recruitment and deployment of medical personnel to rural communities.

The event which was organised with a view to revolutionizing the country’s healthcare system, had stakeholders calling for accountability and prudence in healthcare training institutions.

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Adamu, who has over 15 years of engaging and advocating for increase in production of nurses and midwives in the country, insisted that governments, especially state governments need to take up the responsibility to produce their own health workers as according to her,”there is no short cut about it.”

She lamented, “A 14- year old Fulani girl in Katsina State,she delivered and had difficulty with delivery, so we had to take her to the hospital and after the delivery, the husband divorced her because she was attended by a man. This young girl was divorced all because she was attended by a man during delivery”.

The women’s rights activist lamented that Nigeria was producing medical doctors far below its need.

“There is shortage of health workers despite the production.We are producing health workers far below our need. Our average population growth is 3.2 , but our annual production of nurses and midwives is 2.6,so definitely,there is gap. That is the latest data available that could be accessed,” she added.

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