Medical Experts Advocate Youth Friendly Reproductive Centres To Curb Unsafe Abortion
Stigma, lack of information and misconceptions have been identified as some of the reasons women of reproductive age seek unsafe abortion.
The Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo, made this known at a two – day training on Safe Engage Project put together by the Population Reference Bureau, Washington DC in collaboration with the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, in Lagos.
Professor Fabamwo who expressed dismay that information on abortion statistics was restrictive due to the laws noted that Nigeria has the highest maternal mortality in the world to which unsafe abortion contributes thirteen percent.
“Sixty percent of abortions are carried out by non physicians in the country.”
Professor Fabamwo, again identified low education and late presentation as some of the reasons for the increase on mortality.
He advocated the provision of youth friendly centres well equipped with information facilities that would arouse curiosity about the issues of reproductive health.
A Consultant, Public Health Physician, University of Ibadan, Dr Funmi OlaOlorun explained that there is an increase in abortion incidence in urban than rural and two out of three women who seek abortion go for the least safe method.
“Over fifty – four percent of women in Lagos have unsafe abortions. “She said.
She explained the reasons for the age group twenty to forty -nine seeking abortion to include, lack of information as most of them are in school and would like to continue their education.
The Founder and Coordinator, Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network, Ms Sybil Nmezi, suggested respect for choices, individual approach, self care and the use of public health facilities as some of the ways through which women of reproductive age could address the challenges of seeking abortion.
She advised that women could give birth and present for abortion rather than go through unsafe abortion as women lose their lives from abortion relates deaths.
The guest speakers are advocating for the adoption of the national legal framework seeking to provide safe abortion services. And adopt the VAPP Act in Lagos to ensure that no woman’s life is at risk.