Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ghana: Medical Experts Lament Rate of Deaths From Unsafe Abortion

SOME MEDICAL experts have expressed worry at the alarming rate of maternal mortality, especially in the area of unsafe abortion, which is estimated as the second largest contributor to maternal deaths in the country with the highest numbers in the Upper East, West and Northern regions. The experts called for pragmatic solutions to the needs of women and girls in the issue of safe and unsafe abortions, since according to them deaths resulting from unsafe abortions in particular are totally preventable and no woman should die from abortion in this modern age. They gave statistics as maternal mortality ranging from 650/100,000 to 850/100,000 with a national average of 214/100,000 (Ghana Demography Health Survey 2003) to 770/100,000 live births and at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital, unsafe abortion is said to account for 12-30% of maternal deaths.

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