184 Nigerian women die everyday due to unsafe abortions

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By our correspondent in Taraba

No fewer than 184 Nigeria women die daily as a result of unsafe abortion.

The leadership of IPAS who made this known at a training workshop organized for media practitioners on capacity building on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, said 67.000 women die annually from unsafe abortion in the country.

The group who went ahead to break down the figures, observed that “8 women die every single hour of the day as a result of unsafe abortion the situation which they agreed needs urgent attention.

Led by its Country Director, Barrister Hauwa Shekarau, IPAS was of the opinion that domesticating international laws enacted in favour of women, would go a long way to address their health challenges especially in the areas of reproductive health and rights presently confronting the Nigeria women.

Believing that it is possible to reduce the high maternal deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion, she beckoned on the media to work assiduously round the clock to that the said international laws which according to her Nigeria governments are signatory to sees the light of the day.

Visibly dejected that the “burden of unsafe abortion in Nigeria ” have continued to be on the increased “more than 140.000 women ” according to her “are hospitalized” across the country “for abortion complications” adding that “up to 10.000 maternal deaths are recorded annually due to unsafe abortions.”

Pleading with journalists to “advocate for the respect of women by ensuring the protection of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, IPAS on its parts, she said would continue to assist local actors and communities to create partnership that will save women’s lives, protect the health of women, youths and families ,and enable couples to exercise their reproductive rights.

Also not comfortable with the present predicaments of women as regards to their reproductive health and rights, Godwin odemijei, felt sad that journalists are not adequately making use of the platform to address issues relating to women sexual reproductive health and rights and other vices being malted on women daily across the length and breadth of the country.

Charging journalists to get involve in positive activities such as networking, in order to heralds the much needed smiles on the faces of the Nigeria women, women as opined by him should be allowed the freedom of choice at any given time.

Also aligning his weight to that of Odemijie and Shekarau, another facilitator, Chukwuemeka Okereafor believed that reducing maternal deaths which often occur due to unsafe abortion is realistic only if the media practitioners are ready to soothe needful.

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