Consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists have alerted that Lagos State will experience an explosion of newborn babies in the next seven to eight months as a result of the recent lockdown due to the COVID – 19 pandemic .
The maternal and child experts , Dr. Akinde Joseph , Chairman , Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria ( SOGON ) , Lagos State chapter and Dr. Modupe Adedeji, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital , Ikeja , also warned that except proactive steps are taken, there would also be more cases of mental health issues in the state , due to hundreds of unwanted pregnancies .
Dr . Joseph , a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said the lockdown has resulted in many unplanned pregnancies .
Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise in an exclusive interview, he said the nation must respond properly to a recent report on the impact of COVID – 19 on maternal health and low patronage of family planning services by women .
It would be recalled that a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital , Zaria , Prof . Oladapo Shittu , had recently said that the lockdown imposed to reduce community spread of COVID – 19 resulted in fewer client visits at hospitals for family planning services .
According to Shittu , this poses concerns about reproductive health emergencies , such as unplanned pregnancies for the women who could not access care .
Shittu , a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , had stated that an analysis of clinical data at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital , revealed significant drop in client visit for family planning services from 150 in February to less than 50 at the end of May .
Speaking on the impact of the lockdown on maternal health in Lagos State , the SOGON chairman told our correspondent that besides increase in unintended pregnancies , the lockdown would further lead to increase in unsafe abortion and maternal death .
He explained, “Though , we don’t have the collation of the number of clients who visited Lagos hospitals for family planning services between February and May , what we are observing generally is that women are afraid of coming to the hospital to access the services because of COVID -19 .
“The women feel that once they come to the hospital to utilise services , they will be infected with COVID -19 .
“ They forgot that once they don’t use family planning and they are having regular sex , it will result in unplanned pregnancies .