Strengthen pregnancy education on Pregnancy Awareness Week

2020-02-19 06:04

PREGNANCY Awareness Week was commemorated from February 10 to February 16, to strengthen pregnancy education and stress important issues that promote a healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) approximately 22 million unsafe abortions were made in 2008 alone resulting in 47 000 deaths and 5 million complications resulting in hospital admission. Between 2010–2014, on average, 56 million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year.

“Nearly all unsafe abortions (98%) occurred in low- and middle-income countries. One of the factors driving unsafe abortion is the lack of safe abortion services, even where they are legal,” read a statement by the WHO.

Ntunjambili Hospital near Greytown held a Pregnancy Awareness Week programme in a bid to empower young women on matters pertaining to teenage pregnancy.

The hospital is situated in the outskirts of Greytown with a high number of teenagers becoming mothers within the ages of 14 to 16.

The aim of the awareness was to devise strategic plans on how the department and community structures could play a role to root out tendencies of unwanted pregnancies and teenage pregnancies.

The hospital also hosted a back to school campaign on February 12. Spokesperson for the hospital Smangele Mthembu said: “The purpose of the event was to try and stop the increase of girls that are becoming pregnant at a very young age while they are still in school.

The six neighbouring schools were invited to the event.

Mthembu said young girls fall pregnant at an early age and get get infected with sexual transmitted diseases.

“The hospital has made it their responsibility to create awareness on teenage pregnancy and STI prevention. Women including adolescents with unwanted pregnancies often resort to unsafe abortions when they cannot access safe abortion.

Some of the contributing factors that become barriers in accessing safe abortion are restrictive laws, poor availability of services, high cost, stigma and conscientious objection of healthcare.”


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