70% pregnant women patronise traditional clinic for delivery
By Edith Igbokwe
It has been revealed that about 70 per cent pregnant women patronise traditional medical clinics for child delivery in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area.
It was gathered by ECHONEWS that most expectant women at the grassroots prefer the alternative traditional herbal medical treatment due to its affordability and the personal attention they get from the traditional herbal doctors.
According to some of the patients who spoke to ECHONEWS, there are some herbal medicines that are used to reduce the size of the fetus for easy delivery.
“At the general hospital, the patients have to wait for hours before they could be attended to unless in the case of emergency, and at times, they are not given the attention they need that is why many of us prefer traditional medical centres since we get what we want there too easily,” One of the patients told ECHONEWS.
The Administrative Personnel of Moberuagba Traditional Clinic, a foremost tradomedical centre in Oshodi, Alaba Adeshina, told ECHONEWS that many tradomedical centers work in conjunction with the orthodox hospitals as many of them are affiliated to the government and private owned hospitals.
According to him, in the case of emergency in term of cesarean section (Operation) or if there is any complication or surgical issue, they would refer the patients to their affiliated hospitals for proper treatment.
He however stated that the traditional clinics also carried out tests on any diseases such as HIV, malaria, typhoid, etc before embarking on treatment, saying they did not dabble into patients’ treatment without first discovering the kind of the ailment.
He said: “Just like the orthodox hospital, we operate with modern equipment as well, only that we base our treatment purely on herbal medicine. The reason more people especially the pregnant women patronise traditional medical centres now is that we have time for individual and we don’t charge them much unlike the orthodox hospitals.
“Though we also carry out test and give so many treatments, we are affiliated to some government and private owned hospitals where we refer our patients to in case of any emergency that may be beyond our ability.
“In our clinic here, we operate 24 hours service and every Thursday is earmarked for antenatal 7am to 2pm.”
Meanwhile, Adeshina said they operated under association where medical ideas were usually shared on how best to attend to patients.