A pregnant mother stricken by malaria and confined to a hospital bed for five days was caught red-handed by her husband having $3x with a 24-year-old man in one of the female wards.
The husband, Alex Okuta walked in on his pregnant wife – who had been admitted at Apac Hospital for five days – having $3x with the 24-year-old.
“I made a surprise visit to the hospital to check on my wife then I found that man in bed with my pregnant wife,” Okuta told journalists, adding that his wife had been “admitted because she was suffering from malaria.”
However, men control resources, consult soothsayers to determine the health seeking or treatment for pregnant women, and serve as the final authority on where and when pregnant women should seek medical care.
Beyond that, they have no expectation of any further role during antenatal care and therefore find it unnecessary to attend clinics with their pregnant partners.
There were conflicting views about whether men needed to provide any extra support to their pregnant women within the home.
Health workers generally agreed that men provided little or no support to their women. Although health workers had facilitated the formation of father support groups, there was little evidence of any impact on antenatal support.