Kwara major health centre where nurses use lamps to deliver babies

Kwara major health centre where nurses use lamps to deliver babies
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…patients defecate in bushes, buy fuel to power facility’s generator

SODIQ OJUROUNGBE disguised as a patient to access the dilapidated 35-bedded Esie Primary Health Centre in Kwara State. Overgrown with thickets, lacking electricity supply and functional toilets, the facility, which is managed by the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, passes off as no decent place for a sick patient to seek treatment.

In the unhygienic, dark labour room, women birth their babies, helped by nurses clutching torch lights.

Kwara major health centre where nurses use lamps to deliver babies

As labour pangs hit Elizabeth Alatise on a cold Saturday night in October 2021, her seemingly confused husband, Idowu, managed to clutch a bag, which had been stuffed weeks back with necessary things needed for childbirth.

Supporting his wife, who was writhing in pain, they both headed to Esie Comprehensive Hospital where they were greeted by pitch darkness.

Gently picking their way to the nurses’ section and guided by the dim light from his phone touch light, Elizabeth’s husband felt uneasy and apprehensive about the state of the hospital but was left with no choice given the urgency and his financial situation.

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