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Dr John Boakye Fordjour, a gynaecologist at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani, on Tuesday expressed concern about the alarming rate of unsafe abortion by girls in the Region.
He said most pregnant girls especially those in deprived communities in the Region inserted herbs and other concoctions into their vagina to abort pregnancies but sometimes died on arrival at the hospital.
Dr Fordjour raised the concern at the inauguration of Tano Women Empowerment and Development Association (TWEDA) at Yamfo in the Tano North District of Brong-Ahafo Region.
TWEDA is a community based Non-Governmental Organisation working to provide entrepreneurial and livelihood skills training for women in small scale enterprises to promote community development.
The more than 500 members of the association are from Techire, Afrisipakrom, Yamfo, Susuanso, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Adrobaa and Tanoso.
Dr Fordjour said it was unfortunate that some women prepared the herbal medicine and guide their pregnant girls to take it to terminate the pregnancy adding that when the situation became worse they then referred the victims to the hospital.
He said the hospital had witnessed several instances whereby wombs of many of the victims were rotten, a situation which compelled doctors to remove them.
Dr Fordjour cited an instance where doctors had to perform surgery on a victim to enable her to ease herself through an area around the ribs because of the damage caused during the termination of the pregnancy.
He appealed to parents to draw their girls closer to them and monitor their movements as well since most of the girls through the advice of their peers indulged in illegal abortion.
Dr Fordjour cited another instance where some “remains” were left inside a victim which damaged her womb in the process of the abortion.
On maternal mortality, the Gynaecologist said it was not all that high in the Region but added that most of the pregnant women died through haemorrhage (excessive bleeding), kidney failure and hypertension complications.
He advised pregnant women to visit antenatal care clinics at regular intervals and ensure that they delivered at health facilities.
Globally, Dr Fordjour said 600,000 pregnant women died annually before, during and after delivery but added that the situation had reduced in Ghana for some years now.
Ohemaa Kente Aboagyewaa, Coordinator of TWEDA, said the association focused on empowering women in rural areas to be economically, socially and politically sound, sustainable and free from diseases and injuries using education and sensitisation methodologies.
She said though it was young, the association had been able to liaise with the Ghana Highway Authority to construct three speed ramps at Techire which had brought the persistent road crashes and vehicle-knockdowns in the area under control.