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Cryptic Pregnancy: Medical Practitioner Urges Stiff Sanctions Against Quacks
Published Jan 12, 2023 IN News, Column, HEALTHY LIVING, SECURITY, Security, Health/Medical,
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AN Aba-based Medical Practi­tioner, Dr Oliver Onwube, has called on the Abia Government to clampdown on medical quacks that induce “cryptic (fake) pregnan­cy” in women seeking to conceive.

Onwube, who is the Medical Direc­tor, Catholic Hospital, Aba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba on Wednesday.

“When you hear the word ‘cryp­tic’, it means something hidden, unknown, ambiguous.

“Medicine does not recognise that because we know that for you to confirm a pregnancy, there must be a positive pregnancy test and an ultrasound support in 99.9 per cent of the cases.

“So, if somebody says that she is pregnant and the pregnancy test and ultrasound support are negative, it is about 99.9 per cent sure that such a person is not pregnant.

“So, doctors do not believe in this wave that they call cryptic preg­nancy.

“This is because it is just a money making skill that non-professionals (quacks) are exploiting to extort desperate couples, who want to have a baby,” Onwube said.

He urged the government to act fast and save the lives of such despe­rate women from quacks in the medical profession.

According to the Consultant Ob­stetrician and Gynecologist, cryptic pregnancy inducement in women poses health and financial risks to them and their families.

He advised the government to work with professionals in the medi­cal field to fish out such quacks and punish them appropriately.

He recommended the closure of such facilities “before they ruin more women and families”.

Onwube, a specialist in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, said that the protrusion of the bellies of such women with cryptic pregnancy causes organ damage.

“This is the reason government should act fast to halt the trend,” he said.

He narrated how a woman, who had two children in his hospital before her husband’s death, remar­ried and began to patronise another facility.

He said that the woman was given drugs to cause her stomach to pro­trude and was later told that she was four months pregnant.

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