HEALTH MEC WARNS AGAINST ILLEGAL ABORTION CLINICS
By: Amanda Mqadi
The Department of Health wants to stop women from going to illegal abortionists.
The KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said that young pregnant women were endangering their lives by choosing to go for the unscrupulous practitioners instead of going to public clinics for abortion. Dhlomo advised women who want to have abortion, to ask about their choices at clinics.
“If they insist that they want an abortion, then we could do it safely,” Dhlomo said.
During a recent budget debate in the provincial legislature, Dhlomo said that he would lead a campaign to stop illegal abortions in the province.
“We aim to bring together organisations from the province to work together in an anti-illegal, back-street abortion campaign. We will also promote the right to safe abortion and family planning,” he added.
A Newlands West resident, Zuzule Mlambo, said that she wanted her daughters to be educated about the dangers of illegal abortions.
“I am always in fear that one of them might get pregnant and decide to (have an) illegal abortion. I pray that God guides them every day to make (the) right decisions for themselves,” added Mlambo.
Xolile Yeni, a nurse at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic said, “Backstreet abortions have proven to be fatal for young females who mostly use abortion as a family planning method.”