OWA-OYIBU (Ika Weekly) – A Chief Nursing Officer has said that some women have still born because they refuse to adhere to medical prescription, during pregnancy.
The Chief Nursing Officer (Rtd) Ika North East Local Government Area Owa-Oyibu, Mrs. Catherine Omorodion stated this in her office in a chat with Ika Weekly.
Mrs. Catherine Omorodion advised that in order to avoid the ugly occurrence, pregnant women should register for Antinatal care, as soon as they become pregnant for proper medical follow up of the unborn child; in a recognized maternity home, or general hospital.
She said to avoid complications during labour which in most cases results in stillborn, pregnant women should desist from the act of visiting native doctors or herbalist for medical concoction and at the same time taking drugs from hospitals
She frowned at the idea of seeking counsel from laymen which she said is as dangerous as not getting counseling at all.
Mrs. Omorodion who is the Matron of Kate Nursing Maternity and Infant Welfare, Boji-Boji Owa, said pregnant women should eat adequate foods like fruits and vegetables for a normal development and growth of the unborn baby.
For physical fitness, she said they should engage in regular exercise, adding that being idle and sleeping always is not good for pregnant women but warned that they should not engage in hard jobs.
Mrs. Omorodion pleaded with husbands and people living with pregnant women to assist them always, in getting treatment and should not use harsh words on them, adding that such acts may lead to emotional shock which may invariably lead to miscarriage.
She also advised Nurses who deliver babies at the hospital to treat pregnant women with love to remove fear from them.
She further said that babies should be immunized after delivery and should be fed with breast milk only (baby friendly) for the first 6 months.