3 December 2012

Ghana: Illegal Abortions Soar in B.A

Yamfo — Parents have been called upon to draw closer to their girl-children and monitor their movements in order that the teenage girls especially, would not be influenced by ill advice from their peers to indulge in illegal abortion.

Dr. John Boakye Fordjour, a gynaecologist at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani made the appeal at the inauguration of the Tano Women Empowerment and Development Association (TWEDA) at Yamfo in the Tano North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.

According to Dr. Fordjour, the increasing rate of unsafe abortion among girls in the region was frightening, and that it deserved a rapid collaborative response in fighting it.

He said that the situation was rampant, particularly in the deprived communities of the region, where herbs and other concoctions are inserted into the girls' vagina to abort pregnancies, adding that it was unfortunate that some women support their girls to undertake such unsafe abortion, which sometimes led to the death of many adolescent girls before arriving at the nearby hospitals.

Dr. Fordjour said that some women prepared the herbal medicine for their pregnant girls and guided them to take these dangerous drugs in order to terminate the pregnancies, but when the situation gets worse they rush them to the hospital.

He said the Brong-Ahafo Regional hospital had witnessed several instances where wombs of many of the victims were rotten, a situation which compelled doctors to remove them.

On maternal mortality, the Gynaecologist said it was not all that high in the Region, but added that most of the pregnant women died through hemorrhage (excessive bleeding), kidney failure and hypertension complications, advising pregnant women to visit antenatal care clinics at regular intervals and ensure that they delivered at health facilities.

He disclosed that globally 600,000 pregnant women died annually before, during and after delivery, but added that the situation had reduced in Ghana for some years now.

The Coordinator of TWEDA, Ohemaa Kente Aboagyewaa described the Association as a community based Non-Governmental Organisation working to provide entrepreneurial and livelihood skills training for women in small scale enterprises to promote community development.

TWEDA has over 500 members from towns such as Techire, Afrisipakrom, Yamfo, Susuanso, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Adrobaa and Tanoso.

The association focused on empowering women in rural areas to be economically, socially and politically sound, sustainable and free from diseases and injuries using education and sensitization methodologies.

Ohemaa Kente Aboagyewaa said the young association had been able to liaise with the Ghana Highway Authority to construct three speed ramps at Techire which had brought the persistent road accidents and vehicle-knockdowns in the area, under control.

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