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Mysterious deaths of women during child-bearing spark fears in Ikorodu community

The increasing reports of women losing their lives immediately after child bearing have provoked fears and anxiety among the residents of Elepete, a remote community in Ikorodu, where Lagos shares border with Ogun state.

According to Mr. Alex Egbon, his wife Christiana, 32, a teacher with Sky-Light school, is the third women to have died in the last one month during child birth in Elepete.

Since Mrs Egbon’s death at the Ikorodu General Hospital on June 4th, residents have resorted to fasting and prayers, while others have taken to ritual sacrifices in a bid to appease the gods of the community to stop further death of pregnant women. They fear that the community may have been cursed and that other pregnant women and children may fall victims to the mysterious “killer”.

While some residents are attributing the mysterious death to the consequence of an unexplained death in the community of an electrician – simply identified as Lucky – while fixing a faulty electrical pole, others are however putting the blame on the bad state of the roads and the unavailability of hospitals in the community.

Residents said probably, Lucky’s sudden death while working for the community might be responsible for the mysterious deaths and they have offered sacrifices to appease his spirit to no avail.

Similar to the case of Mrs. Egbon, Mr. Waheed also lost his wife, Shakirat to excessive bleeding immediately after the child delivery

Saturday Mirror spoke with the Chairman of the Elepete Community Development Association Pastor Ola­toye Okesunya and he narrated how the other women died.“Early in May, I got a report that one Mrs. Wasiu Sunny bled to death after she gave birth to a baby girl. Thereafter, I received the sad news that a woman with fibriod also died. We have begun a series of prayer and fasting to stop these mysterious deaths. We brought some pastors together and we have been praying. Just as we are engaging in spiritual warfare, we can also attribute the deaths to the unavailability of a good nearby hospital. I want to use this medium to appeal to the government to build a good hospital in our community. We have the land. There is no good hospital around here.

“The one at Igbo-lomu community which is close to us is not a standard clinic. There are no doctors and the few nurses are not always around. Our women and the sick had to travel long distance to attend the Ikorodu General Hospital. The roads in our community leading to any decent hospital are in bad shape and this discourages women from attending regular ante-natal clinic. We are mourning but we want government’s intervention in the area of good roads and a standard hospital so that these ugly incidences will not befall us again”.

Mr. Jide Omoyale, the Secretary of the CDA, said he has resorted to prayers for his wife to give birth safely. “My wife is pregnant and we are praying and fasting. I believe nothing will happen to her. I don’t want to live in fear of what is happening. I appeal to government to give us good hospital and motorable roads so that our women and other members of the commu­nity will receive good health care,” he said.

Source: Saturday Mirror





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