Over 10,000 illegal abortions recorded in 2017 alone

Over 10,000 illegal abortions recorded in 2017 alone

- Over 10,00 unsafe abortions were recorded in 2017 alone

- The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says perpetrators of this crime are mostly young women

- The AIDS commission is entreating women to use protection

A total of 53,114 abortions were carried in 2017 alone across all government hospitals, statistics from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed.

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YEN.com.gh is learning that out of this troubling figure, 13,918 of such cases are unsafe abortions as against 15,000 in 2016.

Greater Accra regional health director, Dr Linda Van Otoo, says most of the unsafe abortions were from young and unmarried ladies who got pregnant through unsafe sex.

Cases of abortions are recorded to have shot up in Ghana over the last five years as figures from the Ghana Health Service show the spread in the number of quack doctors continues to pose a grave threat to the reproductive health of the female population.

As it stands now, unsafe abortions are strictly frowned upon in Ghana and also considered a criminal offence punishable by law. It is based on this fierce warning that most young ladies decide to go into hiding to commit the offence.

Unfortunately, the rise in unsafe abortions has culminated to it's exposed risks on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and also HIV.

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Meanwhile, the Ghana AIDS Commission is entreating Ghanaians of active sexual age to make good use of the free provision of condos as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies and also other diseases.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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