KISII, Kenya, Jun 17 – The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has sounded a warning over rising fatalities linked to unsafe abortions in Kenya.
Speaking during the 48th KMA Annual conference in Kisii, the association’s President Dr Andrew Were said 5,000 maternal deaths related to unsafe abortions were recorded in the country in a year.
Were cited unsafe abortions as a threat on the country’s efforts to attain universal health coverage and called upon all relevant stakeholders to team up in provision of quality health care services.
“Through quality universal health care services, we are assured of safe abortion services for our women and girls,” Dr Were said.
He said the association had partnered with relevant stakeholders in championing for the agenda of universal health coverage.
Further the KMA president said the amendment of the legal provisions on sexual reproductive health to protect health care workers was critical.
Dr Were noted the theme of the annual conference; ‘the future today; technology and innovation tomorrow in healthcare,” will only be achieved through the use of technology in a safe manner.
Dr Amos Otara said unsafe abortion is a public health care concern and should taken seriously by the Kenyan government.
“We have worked day night to ensure women have nonjudgmental care when seeking abortion services in our health services,” he urged.
Dr Otara noted contraceptive is the primarily prevention of unsafe abortion and as such should be embraced.