The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Gulu Councillor Flees After Deadly Abortion

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Uganda spends an estimated U.S. $14 million on unsafe abortions every year, according to research. (file photo).

A parish councilor in Gulu is on the run after an abortion he handled went terribly badly and the patient died.

Geoffrey Nyero, who represents Kanyogoga parish in Bar Dege division, had been contracted to carry out an abortion on Concy Atimango (26 years) at Lalogi health centre IV after the mother of two disagreed with her husband over her pregnancy. According to David Apire, the LC I chairman of Opwach village in Lalogi Sub County, Atimango was given some medication and was able to miscarry successfully, but her bleeding intensified after two days.

"After her bleeding became so serious, she was taken to Lalogi health centre but she later died on that same day," Apire stated.

Gulu District Police Commander Denis Odoch confirmed that they were looking into the matter and had already picked up Penina Awio, who also works at the clinic, to help with investigations. Apire blames the death on the district's failure to inspect health centres for qualified health workers and other standards.

"They say Nyero worked in Lacor where his mother also worked, so we are not even sure if he is a qualified health worker but people say he has been operating well," he said.

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