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Unsafe Abortion Kills 25 Percent Of Nigerian Women – Physicians

Unsafe Abortion Kills 25 Percent Of Nigerian Women – Physicians

The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) yesterday raised alarm about the increasing number of women in the country dying from unsafe abortion, which results in as much as 25 per cent of deaths.

It expressed worry about the lack of access to and utilization of Family Planning services in Nigeria, with only 22 per cent of women using any method of family planning, including modern methods.
While revealing that Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Rate is still among the highest in the world, with an estimated 512 deaths per 100,000 Live births, which is nowhere near the SDGs target of 70 per 100,000 Live births, the association called for the strengthening of health systems to ensure universal access to quality Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
He said: “Unsafe abortion contributes as much as 25 per cent of maternal deaths. In some places, it could be about five per cent, but the average will be about 15 per cent nationally. It is a significant contributor to maternal mortality. There is a need to address issues around it, including enlightening the public that they don’t have to be pregnant when they are not ready for pregnancy. The government should also look at the laws and see what can be done.

“We need to review the law because anytime you talk about abortion in this country, people shy away; they feel it is not proper. But people are dying. There are instances of accidental pregnancy, gang rape, incest etc. All these abuses occur. We need to address the law so that we can save more mothers from dying unnecessarily.”

(thenationonlineng.net)

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