Wednesday, 30 March 2011

750,000 Women Commit Abortion Yearly in Nigeria

During the recently concluded Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 'NURHI' workshop, it was concluded that about 750,000 abortions are committed yearly especially in Nigerian Urban regions, New Generation Africa understands.

Ibadan, Mar 29, 2011 (Vanguard/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- NIGERIAN Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI, has disclosed that not less than 750,000 abortions are committed yearly in the country, bemoaning the lackadaisical attitude of the three tiers of government to family planning.

Among these women that commit abortion, 545 of them die per 100,000 most of whom are married women whose percentage was put at 35.

This was disclosed by Mrs. Stella Akinso, State Team Leader, NURHI, and Dr. Celina Johnson at a sensitization workshop organised for various stakeholders in the health sector in Ibadan.

NURHI with other groups such as Development Communication Network, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria and many others assembled participants to enlighten them more on safe motherhood.

The workshop which witnessed large turn out also called the attention of government to the need for disbursing money allocated to family planning to the appropriate quarters.

Some of the participants who were sourced from local governments in the state also appealed to the government to stop diverting the money meant for family planning to other concerns.

New Generation Africa believes that it is imperative that the new administration addresses this problem. 

The new government must put in the required resources for sexual education that will bring about change in attitude. 

Again the government must be willing to provide funds for support networks and facilities specially targeted at women to help provide assistance and general health education.

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