By Iceta Scovin
Moyo-Some of the women in Moyo district are rejecting to go for antenatal care services claiming their husbands are deliberately unable to purchase for them maternity dresses.
According to Alice Tarapkwe, 23 who is now four months pregnant said that her husband, James Alaru resident of Opiru village in Moyo Sub-county made endless promise of buying for her maternity dress but all in vain.
“I cannot afford to go to the health facility in these tattered dresses. I need to look good before people. And besides this is a requirement for us pregnant mother to dress well and not shabbily,” she said.
“Some women are well looked after by their men and also I’m not seeing him preparing for our expected child. You know when a woman conceives, it a joy in the family and this needs preparations for the expected child,” she added.
Doctors usually recommend that men should accompany their wives for ante natal care services in order to seek advice and have a joint responsibility of taking care of the child. Today, it is mandatory in all public health facilities for a woman going for antenatal clinic to undergo an HIV test.
Janet Mandera, resident of Elenderia village in Moyo town council, said she had to borrow some loan from village saving group to buy maternity and other essentials for delivery.
“It is common with some men especially the young ones who cannot give support to their expected wives that they are poor instead they (men) concentrate on Waragi drinking. Some do not care about us especially during pregnancy and it is difficult for them to accompany you for antenatal care services. This is demoralizing,” she said.
James Alaru said some men have abandoned their responsibility and do not value the importance of antenatal care. “Some men fear to produce kids not because of the need to plan families well but fear of going through the stress related to child birth and bearing,” he said.
Margret Atimaku, Nursing officer at Antenatal care services Moyo hospital confirmed that responses of male partners to antenatal care is low because they claim to be busy always. “We encourage on dressing including what to put on like flat shoes so that what they put on will not affect their well-being throughout the pregnancy but not expensive clothes so longer as it is free wear,” she said.