By Robert Edwomu
It’s shocking and unbelievable that even in the current 21st century, there are situations where some people live happily in certain health circumstances that are suicidal.
Distant Health services in rural areas have left many citizens untalked about living a life of regret and dying in silence at the watch of their leaders.
Jessica Apio, 37, resident of Achuna Village, Achuna Sub county Soroti district, a mother of eight (8) children shared her Life story with this Website over the weekend that will shock many.
The gorgeous mother of 8 narrates that from the beginning of her first born, who is about 20 years now, she has never gone for antenatal care for her eight children.
Apio reveals that she has also never delivered at any health facility ever since her first birth but delivers at home with the help of her late mother who acted as a local birth attendant to her.
She further discloses that none of her children has ever gotten an injection or a drop of vaccine but they look healthy.
But how safe are the children from Non-communicable diseases, Measles, polio and Tetanus among other infectious diseases?
But why…Apio stressed her reasons explaining how this came to pass.
She points out that lack of nearby Health facilities is the biggest challenge that leaves residents trekking for kilometers seeking for moderate health services.
She notes that the nearest health facility is Orungo Health Center III in Amuria district which is about 5 to 7 kilometers.
Apio also reveals that all her eight children are from different fathers who have disowned them leaving her struggling to feed and raise.
She reveals further that all the fathers to her children have been challenged by her pregnancies because they shied away from accompanying her to the health unit for antenatal though its long distance.
Apio now asks for help from well-wishers to support her in education of children among others basic needs.
In a bid to escape such reckless pregnancies, Apio has decided to get a ten years’ family planning method from Marie stopes since all men that fathered with her children have fled leaving her struggling with kids alone.
She also reveals that her first born has also fallen in the same spell and currently bearing two children (bastards) which she attributes to poor upbringing and parental guidance.