Unsafe Abortion Is The Major Cause Of Maternal Deaths –Dr. Mrs. Paulina Appiah

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In Ghana, the right to safe abortion is imperative because of the high

number of unsafe abortions results in maternal morbidity and maternal

mortality. Dr. Mrs. Paulina Appiah, Sunyani Municipal Director of

Health Services, disclosed this at a training workshop on Access to

Safe Abortion and Contraceptive Services for media practitioners in

the Brong-Ahafo region by Global Media Foundation (GlomeF).

She cited that, lack of access to effective contraception, stigma and

silence are a major cause of unsafe abortions in the country. "There

is ignorance among policy makers, legislators, health professionals

and amongst women in the communities themselves, that's why we end up

loosing lives which could have be saved".

Dr. Mrs. Paulina Appiah emphasized that individual's right to make

informed choices on issues related to reproductive health is not only

a matter of empowerment but it also needs to highlights the rights

based approach where rights holders claim their rights from the state.

She called on all stakeholders to address the issue of informed choice

and poor quality of care in family planning services through evidence

building and advocacy with the government.

Miss Esther Munufie, Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board of

Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), expressed concern

about unsafe abortion, which was increasing among girls with many of

them applying local herbs and other concoctions that could lead to

health complications.

She noted that abortion is legal, and unwanted pregnancies could be

terminated at special units set up at various public and private

health facilities at maximum cost of Ghc 80.00 and at some point free

for poor women.

Madam Mirian R. Iddrisu, Regional Gender Advisor – World vision said

unequal power relations between men and women often limit women's

control over sexual activity and their ability to protect themselves

against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

She said, it is inexcusable that in the 21st century motherhood

remains so dangerous for so many. "It is not only morally wrong but

also hampers economic development and the survival and well-being of

families, communities and nations".

CEO of Global Media Foundation, Mr. Raphael Godlove Ahenu Jnr said,

the media has a responsibility to help the pubic to reflect to what

extent abortion should be legal in the country and also help the

public discuss what the preservation of the mother's life mean for


By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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