A pregnant Kenyan mother who fled the ongoing medics’ strike and crossed into neighbouring Tanzania to seek medical attention has delivered five babies in Kilimanjaro Region.
According to reports from Tanzania, Ms Bahati Tabu, a 37-year-old single mother from Taveta, gave birth to the quintuplets at Faraja Health Centre in Himo District on Sunday.
However, four of Ms Bahati’s five newborns – all male – died shortly after they were born.
The only survivor, a baby girl, was the first to be delivered and reportedly weighed only 600 grammes.
Speaking to Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, Ms Tabu said she had ten children from a previous marriage before she gave birth on Sunday and the baby that survived took the number of her children to 11.
She said she began experiencing labour pains on Sunday in Taveta, but could not go to a hospital due to the nationwide doctors’ strike which started on December 6.
Doctors and nurses have been demanding for better pay.
Ms Tabu lamented having a difficult time trying to provide for her 1o kids(now 11).
“I divorced my husband of 20 years several years ago. Almost all my children are dependent on me and I do menial jobs, which at least enable us to live to see the next day. The man with whom I had this last child walked out on me after we had a rocky relationship,” she said.
Dr Samuel Minja, physician-in-charge at Faraja Health Centre said Ms Tabu began experiencing labour pains despite being only in the sixth month of her pregnancy.
“We immediately took her to the delivery room where she started to give birth in quick succession,” Dr Minja added.
“Her first baby was a girl weighing 600 grammes, who survived. She then delivered three baby boys, who died shortly after they were born.
“We thought that it was all over when we realised that there was still one more baby in the womb. The fifth baby, also a boy, was born after half an hour, but died after a few minutes.”
The doctor added that Ms Tabu is well and doctors are monitoring her sole surviving baby.