Pregnant women in Bauchi State, whose appointment with doctors were frustrated, panicky over the fate of their unborn children.
The Guardian gathered that the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, (ATBUTH) had suspended clinic services for six months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
One of the women, Aisha Ahmad, told The Guardian at ATBUTH yesterday that she had cesarean section (CS) for her first child.
“I have been experiencing pain in that part again during this second pregnancy. I got here this morning for my appointment withe a doctor, but I was told to go home and return when my pregnancy is eight months,” she said.
Another woman in her second trimester, Ibukun Oladunjoye, said she visited the hospital for assessment but was told by one of the doctors to leave.
Her words, “He ask me, ‘what were you doing at home since all these days?’ They have been turning me back for four months now.”
Also, Khadija Suleiman was looking forlorn while returning home with a copy of the scan result she was asked to undergo when she complained that she was not feeling the movement of the foetus.
“I’m scared. I can’t feel anything in my stomach after seven months. Now they told me to come back after one month. I met one of the doctors personally to explain the result of the scan, but he shouted at me,” she said.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mr. Aminu Yusuf, said there was an instruction to halt services for the outpatients because of the pandemic.
He said: “The management has suspended services at the clinic to out-patients to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is for a period of six months.”