Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, April 26, GNA – Women especially young ladies have been advised to seek abortion care at designated health facilities with certified medical practitioners to guarantee their safety.
Madam Patricia Antwi-Boasiako, Northern Sector Regional Manager of Marie Stopes Ghana, who gave the advice, said it took a skilled medical practitioner to perform abortion to avoid complications hence need to seek such care at designated facilities.
She was speaking at an event dubbed: “Young Voices Forum” held in Tamale on Thursday on the theme: “Unsafe Abortion Practices: A Rising Canker among Young People”.
The event, organised by Savana Signatures, a Non-Governmental Organisation, brought together stakeholders in the reproductive health sector and young people, who shared knowledge and their experiences with regard to unsafe abortion practices.
Abortion could result in the perforation of the uterus leading to inability to get pregnant again, contraction of various diseases, if the equipment used were not sterilised.
Madam Antwi-Boasiako said even though efforts of stakeholders to reduce maternal mortality brought about by unsafe abortion was yielding positive results, “the sad thing is that people are also not reporting to designated facilities for abortion care” hence need for increased awareness creation.
She urged women especially young ladies, who could not abstain from sexual intercourse, to practise safe sex and patronise appropriate contraceptives or family planning techniques to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Some of the young people, who participated in the event, cited issues such as demeaning attitudes of some health practitioners to people, who sought abortion care, lack of privacy of abortion centres and the impression that contraceptives made people fat as some reasons they resorted to crude methods or techniques to abort foetus.
Madam Antwi-Boasiako urged women to avoid repeated use of emergency contraceptives as they could delay chances of getting pregnant or even lead to inability to get pregnant.
Chief Alhassan Issahaku Amadu, Former Northern Regional Director of the National Population Council advised young people not to be shy about abortion, but to visit designated health facilities for proper education on it to help save their lives.GNA