Can of Worms: Nigerian Nurses
There is an expression that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. People complain the unfairness of their lives until they learn about other people’s dilemmas. This story is about life lessons, survival and the resilience of a woman as she struggles to attain her cultural and human rights, the right to dignity, life and choice and the right to be treated with respect. Some of the debatable topics of obstetrical nursing are intertwined with the controversial Nigerian cultural issues to showcase the plights of Nigeria nurses. Names have been changed to protect the privacy of others. Life is full of lessons but are we ready to learn?
Maternal Pregnancy Risks in African Countries
Unlike developed countries, the mortality rates in African nations are appalling. In 2013,the Nigerian government reported more than 11,000 deaths in 3 months. According to the WHO,the African and the Caribbean countries have the highest rate of maternal mortality. Per WHO,the major contributing factor of maternal deaths is a preexisting health condition exacerbated bypregnancy.
Nursing Care of the Transgender Patient
With the current media frenzy about Caitlyn Jenner,aka Bruce Jenner, questions about the transgender cohort have been moved to the forefront of society. Nurses sometimes struggle with the care and management of transgender patients.
SEXUAL TABOOS AND HIV AIDS IN AFRICA
With the unbridled use of the Internet and the social media, Westerners would think that sexual knowledge is common and the norm among people in every society. However, to discuss sex in some African cultures can be likened with stealing from the Pope or dancing naked in the church. In African societies, Sex is between a married couple and sacred. Sex is not discussed casually. Africans believe that decent families and respectable people will not discuss sex or sexual acts. Discussion about sex is interpreted as a sign of poor upbringing, promiscuity and irresponsibility. During childhood, older children and peers serve as experts about childhood sexual curiosity and questions. Nowadays, with the advent of social media and the availability of technology, sexual information is readily learned.
Ebola and Pregnancy
Ebola virus (EBV) is one of several viruses known as viral hemorrhagic fevers. The virus attacks all body organs. EBV enters the body through the eyes, ears, nose, mucous membranes and skin abrasions and opening. The virus can be transmitted via body fluids such as sweat, saliva, semen, breast milk and vaginal fluids.
Pregnancy in African cultures
Pregnancy and birth are celebrated in every part of the world. In African cultures, because of many superstitious beliefs, many families will perform different rituals to safeguard the pregnancy. Pregnancy is acknowledged but not celebrated. It is believed that witches and evil spirits are capable of stealing the pregnancy or interfering with it. So the pregnant woman is not permitted to associate with the known witches in the neighborhood or allow strangers to rub her stomach. Furthermore, a woman is not allowed to attend some social functions, or perform some social tasks. For instance, a woman may not be permitted to go to some funerals or involve with any morbid social issues.