BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – The Kaduna State commissioner for health, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo, has announced that 35 per cent of Nigeria women are barren.
Dr Dogo, who stated this at the commissioning of Nisa Hospital Kaduna, said the high fertility rate has placed Nigeria as the 5th highest country in the world with disability problem of infertility.
Speaking on infertility in Nigeria, the Health commissioner explained that 33 per cent of Nigerian women that give birth are always eager to give birth again.
Represented by the Deputy Provost, Kaduna State College of Medicine, Dr. Joel Adze, the commissioner observed that 36 per cent of Nigerian women give birth in the hospital, adding that the rest of the women give birth at a low standard environment thereby resulting to being associated with infected diseases.
According to him; “The infected diseases sometimes resulted to HIV/AIDS and other diseases that hinder women from giving birth at a later stage in their lives.
Dogo explained that social problems associated with infertility include stigmatization, divorce and other problems the woman encounter in life.
He further said; “Barrenness leads some women to engage in multiple sex with different men in an attempt to get pregnant which most times results into being infected with diseases.”
The commissioner noted that the treatment of infertility is costly in the country owing to the fact that the equipment are costly and require high skills to be able to manage them.
He decried the decline in the health budgetary allocation in the country as a result of insecurity in most parts of the country and therefore called on the government to seek and assist the provision of high technology by way of partnering with the private sector for an affordable and sustained health facilities in the country.
In his own remarks, founder of NISA Group, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, said the first Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization baby was born to Kaduna parents in 1998 by name Hannatu Kupchi.
Wada explained that there are so many cases of barrenness in the country, adding that the hospital wis putting more efforts to wipe away the tears of many families.
He also said that Nisa hospital also has the technology to multiple cases of sickle cells.