Illegal abortions on the rise
Around 35,000 illegal abortions are carried out annually due to young
women becoming pregnant over clandestine love-affairs and irresponsible
Some female teenagers are duped by their lovers who make them
Ultimately, they seek illegal medical support from quacks to get rid
of their unwanted pregnancies. Many women have died of excessive
bleeding while undergoing illegal abortions. Due to lack of knowledge on
maternity among female teenagers, many girls fall victims.
More counselling sessions on motherhood and maternity need to be
expanded to educate senior female students to avoid unfortunate health
trends, said the former Senior Provincial Director of Health D.M.
Rajasekara at a conference for PHIs and Family Health Nurses of the
Bingiriya electorate of the Kurunegala District held recently at the
Bingiriya Youth Training Centre.
He said that these facts have been revealed in the latest informal
surveys conducted by the Ministry of Health and higher authorities.
The Government Health Sector should take all possible measures early
to check this trend and save future mothers.
Educational programs should be organised to educate future mothers
with the help of Divisional Secretaries, school heads and other regional
level health authorities," Dr. Rajasekara said.