Kastina: Man Divorces His Teenage Wife For Allowing Male Doctor Attend To Her During Child Delivery
On Thursday, 27th July, 2023,The Executive Director, Nana Women and Girls Initiative, Dr. Fatima Adamu, revealed that a man in Kastina State, reportedly divorced his 14-year- old Wife after a male medical doctor attended to her during child delivery.
According to Fatima, the pregnant wife was in labour and was rushed to a hospital where doctors on ground were all male, so one of the male medical practitioner attended to her.
However, the husband came to the hospital and found out that his wife was attended by a male doctor, he became angry and divorced his wife.
Dr. Fatima also called on the state government to observe balance in recruitment and deployment of medical doctors to hospital in the state.
In her words;
“A 14- year old Fulani girl in Katsina State delivered and had difficulty with delivery, so we had to take her to the hospital and after the delivery, the husband divorced her because she was attended by a man. This young girl was divorced all because she was attended by a man during delivery,” she lamented.
The women’s rights activists lamented that Nigeria was producing medical doctors far below its need.
“There is a shortage of health workers despite the production. We are producing health workers far below our needs. Our average population growth is 3.2, but our annual production of nurses and midwives is 2.6, so definitely, there is a gap. That is the latest data available that could be accessed,” she said.