Experts count the cost of backstreet abortions
SEE ALSO :South Korea lifts ban on abortionFurther analysis showed that 375,000 of these women developed complications requiring medical attention mainly in public hospitals. The Government has also revealed that backstreet abortions are killing about 2,600 women annually, way above the number killed by cervical cancer. Last year, 2,451 women in Kenya died from cervical cancer according to the World Health Organisation's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Information Centre. "Given the magnitude of complications from unsafe abortion and the diverted resources required, it is important to capture the cost required," says a brief from the team. For example, of almost 375,000 patients requiring post-abortion treatment, suffer moderate to severe complications. Each of these patients, the research team adds, will on average require the attention of five different types of healthcare cadres. "In addition, huge quantities of much-needed life-saving supplies, such as blood and costly drugs (such as misoprostol) are used during these procedures."
SEE ALSO :Woman linked to abortion bid arrestedThe preliminary findings also indicate that post-abortion care consumes a lot of time from highly-skilled but scarce health care professionals. The final findings, the team says will provide much-needed comparison between the current Government cost of post-abortion care and the cost of providing safe, induced abortion care. The Constitution allows abortion only if the health of the mother is determined to be in danger by a qualified medical professional. But even with this provision, unsafe abortions have continued to rise with health workers asking for policy guidance. They have been seeking an explanation on what constitutes danger to a woman's health.