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Pregnant women decry soaring costs of medical care, baby essentials

Against the backdrop of surging inflation and the escalating cost of living, pregnant women across Nigeria are urging the government to alleviate the economic strain…

Against the backdrop of surging inflation and the escalating cost of living, pregnant women across Nigeria are urging the government to alleviate the economic strain on the populace, particularly in light of the exorbitant prices of medical care and essential baby items.

Expressing their concerns, approximately 400 pregnant women voiced their grievances during a health gathering convened at the Ibadan Central Hospital, Ososami, Ibadan, Oyo State, to commemorate the hospital’s 26th anniversary.

Mrs. Adeloye Titilayo, representing the women, appealed to the government to address the financial burdens faced by expectant mothers amidst the prevailing economic challenges. She highlighted the soaring costs of transportation, medications, and baby essentials, emphasising their indispensability for pregnant women.

“The government must prioritise the provision of facilities in both government and private hospitals. The escalating transportation costs are prohibitive, making it increasingly difficult for pregnant women to attend appointments. Affordable access to medications, nutritious food, and baby essentials is imperative. The current economic climate has rendered these necessities unaffordable for many,” she said.

 

On her part, Mrs. Ibironke Omotade, underscored the broader socioeconomic difficulties faced by Nigerians, which disproportionately affect pregnant women. She urged the government to implement robust poverty alleviation measures and enhance healthcare services for all citizens.

Dr. Olajumoke Caxton-Martins, the hospital’s General Manager, reiterated the urgent need for government intervention, emphasising the critical role of adequate nutrition and healthcare in supporting maternal and infant health.

 

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