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Abortion related complications on the increase in the Volta region
Audrey Micah, Ghanadot

Accra, July 2, Ghanadot - Many female adolescents die each year in Ghana from abortions or related complications. They and their infants face greater risk of dying in childbirth than that posed to women aged 20-35 and their infants.

Moreover, the proportion of teenage pregnancies has increased to currently account for 30% of all pregnancies compared to 20% 5 years ago. Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure.

For many women, it is a life changing event with significant physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say that they wish they had been told all of the facts about abortion and its risks.
According to experts, women who undergo one or more induced abortions carry a significantly increased risk of delivering prematurely in the future.

Premature delivery is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy, as well as other complications of prematurity that are the brain, respiratory, bowel, and eye problems.
In Ghana, cases of pregnancy and abortion-related complications are said to be increasing in the Volta Region.

While some female students are reportedly losing their lives, others are said to have had their reproductive systems permanently destroyed through complications.

According to the medical superintendent of the Volta Regional Hospital, Dr Geoffrey Nyam-uame, the situation has become so alarming that stakeholders in the health sector must intensify public education on reproductive health in the region.

His comments come after reports of several pregnancies among some candidates of the recent basic school examinations.

Some of these students are said to have been diffident to enter exam halls to write their papers.


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