A field officer at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Imorro Ayuba has revealed that poverty is the main cause of postpartum and prenatal depression amongst women at Walewale in the North East region.
According to him, lack of financial support and care from their husbands during and after birth sends them into deep depression which sometimes leads to death.
He said the CRS has decided to implement a maternal depression project to help these women overcome depression.
Mr Imoro said the Project is in 10 districts in the North and is aimed at curbing maternal depression amongst women especially the vulnerable in the community. A midwife at Nasia CHPS compound Luctua Denisia who spoke to Zaa news said over the years, the hospital has had lot of reported cases of maternal depression.
She also took women through how to deal with issues of depression. The issue of postpartum depression is a worldwide concern. If viewed on the global scale, it affects tens if not hundreds of millions of women.
The Science Direct reports that 121 million women are affected globally. The WHO concurs with these findings as it states that about 13% of women experience a mental disorder, primarily postnatal depression. In developing countries, the percentage stands higher at 19.8%.
By: Yasmine Ahmmed Kanton