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How climate change causes miscarriages
A recent roundtable with health practitioners and the public in Kaduna has highlighted, among other considerations, the effects of climate change, especially on pregnant women and how it can lead to their miscarriage. Northern regional bureau chief, Gabriel Udeh was there for Nigerian Pilot weekend

A non-governmental organisation, African Climate Reporters has sought partnership with midwives to educate pregnant mothers on the impact of climate change on pregnancies.

Patron of the NGO, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo said during a one-day sensitisation at Kaduna State School of Midwifery, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, that the partnership was necessary to create the needed awareness on climate change and to support the fight against global warming and other climatic factors.

Nadabo said that climate change had changed the pattern of pathogens, vector infectious diseases and the rate at which they are spread.
He also said that climate change had changed the breed of mosquitoes, making them resistant to repellant, causing a setback on the fight against malaria.

“Similarly, outbreaks of diseases and continuous cases of dehydration due to climate change had also led to hormonal imbalance, causing miscarriages and premature births.
“Therefore, partnering with midwives is crucial in educating pregnant women on effect of climate change and how to avoid complications during pregnancy.

“It is our conviction that midwives are the frontlines in managing the impact of climate change in patients,” he said.
He called on the school to set up a climate change club to work with environmental experts to keep in touch with environmental issues induced by climate change.

Furthermore, global warming is attributed to the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), greenhouse gases and other air pollutants into the environment, which would normally escape into space. These harmful gases are instead absorbed by the sunlight and solar radiation, which traps the heat that is causing the earth to get hotter.

The major consequences associated with global warming include a rise in sea levels around the world, famine, crop failure, changes in the rainfall patterns, affects plant and animal populations, as well as a number of serious health ailments.

While the exact risk associated with the impact of climate on public health cannot be fully quantified, the interaction between the human population and the specific infectious agent is dependent upon several factors, including local environmental decline, food scarcity, poverty and crowding in affected areas
Also speaking at the event, founder of Green Aid Foundation, Dr Tabi Joda warned pregnant women against contact with plastics, stressing that the product was one of the major causes of miscarriages in women.
According to him, plastics contain toxins which creates hormonal imbalance, leading to miscarriage.

He called on the students to be well informed and enlightened on effects of climate change to ensure women give birth safely.
In her own remark, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, the founder of Women for Women Organisation in Kaduna, said that all must join hands in creating more awareness to women in both rural areas and urban centres, noting that rural women were the worse hit by climate change in Africa due to lack of awareness, hence the need for everyone to join hands in taking the campaign to the villages.
She concluded by saying that climate change was real and affecting every sector of human development.

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