Doctor urges women to seek post-abortal care abortions.
In an interview with The Chronicle, the director of Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima, said A senior official in the Ministry of Health and Child Care has advised women who undergo illegal abortions to seek medical attention citing the high number of women dying due to abortion-related complications. The official also reassured the women that they will not be arrested by health officials if they come for treatment.
Health professionals are not investigators, their job is to render health-related services to the public. People must not fear to approach hospitals. We are having such high numbers of people dying due to maternal deaths because of such things.
Many people do not get the post-abortal care that they must get to prevent infections. Blood must be available to all women needing post abortal treatment, whatever their circumstances. Dr Madzima also said that the number of maternal deaths in Zimbabwe was too high although he was confident that the number had significantly gone down. Dr Madzima added,
The figure has significantly reduced. However, it still remains unacceptably high because no woman must die while bringing a new life to this world. The current statistics from a 2012 survey state that our maternal mortality rate stands at 600 per 100 000 births annually.
…I think the new study will reveal figures of between 300 and 400 deaths per 100 000 births. For instance, in the first quarter of 2018, we had 71 which when multiplied by four will give us a figure close to 300. We are happy with the efforts made but we will not stop until we totally do away with maternal deaths.
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