STATISTICS have shown that safe abortion procedures have contributed significantly towards the reduction of high maternal mortality rate globally, according to experts.
Speaking at a week-long training which ended in Lagos yesterday, Dr. Moses Alao of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, said, it is disheartening to note that “Nigeria, which is just one per cent of the world’s population contributes over 10 percent to the maternal mortality rate globally as a result of pregnancy-related complications among other factors.”
Thankfully, he said, “Safe abortion procedures administered by skilled health personnel have helped to drastically reduce the soaring maternal mortality rate globally.”
Of necessity, Dr. Alao stressed, “is the need to review our obsolete abortion laws, which tend to criminalise those who procure abortion and this further drives people to solicit abortion from quacks thereby endangering their lives. We cannot afford to be left out in the global drive towards reduction of maternal mortality.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Dr. Olajide Johnson of the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Lagos emphasised that safe abortion techniques recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other global bodies have been well-received by other countries, adding that it is high time health practitioners in the country acquire the right skills set for the application of such techniques for the benefit of their patients, who according to him, have had to subject themselves to illicit abortion by quack health personnel.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Abdulhafiz Ishowo, Service Integration Technical Specialist, Partnership for Transforming Health System (PATHS2), while justifying the theme of the workshop tagged: “Safe Abortion/Post Abortion Care,” an initiative of PATHS2 and the Lagos State Ministry of Health, said it was aimed at equipping medical officers and nurses operating in 57 flagship healthcare facilities across the state with the right skills set in administration and management of abortion-related cases.
According to him, participants are expected to step down the training at their respective healthcare facilities, even as he hinted of plans by the organisers to put in place a supportive supervision/mentorship programme to monitor the progress of the participants for the duration of eight months.
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