Zambia Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ZAGO) President Dr Swebby Macha has reiterated the organization’s committed to ensuring that no woman or female adolescent dies from unsafe abortions.
Opening the seminar for Chiefs from Luapula, Northern, North-Western, and Copperbelt Provinces on the need to prevent unsafe abortions which continue to kill women and young girls, Dr Macha said ZAGO was doing its best to further reduce maternal mortality and morbidity arising from unsafe abortions.
He said although maternal mortality rate has drastically reduced from 30 percent in 2006 to 7 percent in 2018, the number of women and young girls dying as a result of unsafe abortions was still high.
“Our main focus is on reduction of maternal mortality from unsafe abortions. This reduction is due to a four pronged approach emphasizing on the primary prevention through abstinence and family planning; secondary prevention by safe abortion services provision and ensuring accessibility; tertiary prevention through post abortion care; and quaternary prevention by means of post abortion contraception,” he explained in a statement read on his behalf by ZAGO executive member Dr Musonda Makasa. “Our position on abortion is that women should be offered access to safe abortion services to the full extent of the law.”
And Copperbelt Province acting Permanent Secretary Mr Robert Zulu who officiated at the seminar commended ZAGO for embarking on an important journey to prevent unsafe abortions and save lives in the country. The Permanent Secretary called on all stakeholders including traditional leaders to join hands with ZAGO and share information with their subjects on the dangers of unsafe abortions. He noted that the consequences of unsafe abortion have grave implications, which include death.
ZAGO, with the support of FIGO is carrying out a three year project to raise awareness on abortion and further reduce abortion related mortality.