OP-UNEDITED | Why the Fuss About Gender Equality? – By @donlaz4u
ABUJA - 22nd March 2014 - Seven years ago while on call duty at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, I had a female patient referred from a general hospital on account of poor progress of labour. The labour had lasted for more than 12 hours and we observed signs of obstruction on examination. The woman was weak and the baby was in distress; a decision of assisted delivery through caesarian section was reached. After counselling, the woman verbally agreed but the written consent was to be given by the husband. Yes, you read me right – the husband. The man had a different opinion, his pastor had “prophesied that his wife would deliver like a Hebrew woman”; so he declined consent. He later bowed to pressure after hours of marathon counselling and signed the consent form. The operation was successful, but the baby had signs of brain damage. During post natal care, the woman had started leaking urine from her vagina (known as vesico-vaginal fistula – VVF). She would have to go through another surgery to repair her leaking bladder. The baby was at risk of having cerebral palsy which is usually associated with suboptimal motor function and low intellectual capacity. This pathetic incident can only occur in a society like ours where women are denied the right to make informed decisions on matters concerning their body and their health.Laz is a public health physician, health policy advocate, development consultant and the founder of African Youth Initiative on Population, Health and Development (AfrYPoD). He tweets as @donlaz4u.
OP-UNEDITED | Why the Fuss About Gender Equality? – By @donlaz4u Reviewed by Olumide Idowu on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Rating: