Department of Health stands against backstreet abortions

MEC Sibongiseni Dlomo and the local health department staff members took to the streets.


IN AN attempt to tackle the issue of the “safe/painfree abortion” stickers that sprout overnight across town, KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dlomo and the local health department took to the streets.

Marching against the use of these unsafe abortion services, members of the department raised awareness on how these posed various threats to the health of the women who use them.

Commencing at the Klipkerk, and accompanied by the SAPS and traffic department, staff members from all public health facilities marched down to Vryheid Plaza, scraping away all the illegal stickers as they went.

“If we as the department were to put up such adverts we would also put in our qualifications,” said MEC Dlomo.

Only nurses and doctors are qualified to do these.

Addressing community members at the plaza, the MEC stated clearly why these illegal abortions posed a threat to the lives of many women.

From cervical cancer, to a woman’s reproductive system being permanently damaged, the MEC left no stone unturned in his explanation.

“Women are dying unnecessarily and at the moment, maternal mortalities are too high because of these illegal backstreet abortions.

Nurses were also urged to stop shouting at and intimidating women, especially the younger ones, as this is why they opt for these backroom abortions

Clinics and hospitals were encouraged to be “youth friendly”

A memorandum was passed out to the Mayor of AbaQulusi Municipality as well as the local SAPS’ Col. James Luvuno.

The memorandum stipulated the correct procedure a woman needs to go through when opting to have an abortion. It also stated clearly that only qualified nurses and doctors were allowed to do these.

The police were encouraged to arrest anyone they find putting up these illegal stickers and to investigate existing illegal abortion clinics

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