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The Director of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), Victor Fosu Boamah, has urged the Media and opinion leaders to increase awareness on the legal status of abortion in Ghana and contraceptive usage. According to him, the statistics from the Regional Health Directorates revealed that between the ages of 15 to 19 an increasing number of girls involved in abortions, saying in 2013, six thousand 214 people had abortions while in 2014, it increased to 11 thousand 057 in the Brong-Ahafo Region. Mr. Boamah was speaking to Develop Ghana Newspaper on access to safe abortion and contraceptive services in Sunyani. He observed with regret that unsafe abortion is killing many women in the country and called on health professionals, public and religious bodies of the country to help promote safe abortion and contraceptive usage. Mr. Boamah was unhappy about men’s apathetic attitude toward reproductive health and the use of contraceptive as well as education for their children and appealed to them to get involved. The Director also encouraged men to allow their wives to use contraceptives if they want to. Mr. Boamah cautioned health providers and the general public against stigmatizing those seeking safe abortion and contraceptive usage at their various Health Centers. He appealed to the Health Centers to reduce the cost involved in safe abortion to help many young girls have access to abortion through the right channels. When contacted a Pharmacist at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital, Osei Gyasi Mathew, said about 30 per cent of pregnancy related deaths were due to complications from unsafe abortions. He said according to World Health Organization, 210 million pregnancies occur each year while 46 million representing 22 per cent end in induced abortion, adding that nearly 20 million of these are unsafe. Mr. Matthew mentioned spontaneous and induced as the two types of abortion. He said the spontaneous abortion occur naturally whilst induced abortion is the use of medical or surgical termination of pregnancy which is recommended up to nine weeks gestation. Mr. Matthew noted some of the complications of induced abortion as hemorrhage, sepsis, septicemia and septic shock. He called for creating community awareness of the dangers and complications of unsafe abortion, creating participation on the prevention of unsafe abortion as well as helping in treating complicated cases in the region and the nation at large.

Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/

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