Teens are aborting thousands of babies
THE number of teenage girls terminating pregnancies at Queen Nandi Regional Hospital in the past nine months is alarming.
Statistics reveal that on average about 1 260 teenage girls visit the hospital per month to terminate their pregnancies.
This was revealed by Queen Nandi Regional Hospital sister Simangele Ngema, who is based in the gynaecology outpatients department, during the Phila Mama Campaign held at iNkosi Madoda Community Hall in Macekane Reserve on Tuesday.
Ngema said she was disturbed about how young women were not taking care of their lives.
‘We are here to encourage young women to abstain from sexual activities or else to resort to using contraceptives and condoms to prevent themselves from getting pregnant.
‘Most of these girls do not use their local clinics, for the fear of being seen by their local community members.
‘Some have undergone abortion more than three times,’ said Ngema.
The campaign was the brainchild of the City of uMhlathuze Mayoress, Thandeka Mhlongo, who is passionate about changing the lives of young women in the city.
She emphasised the need for young women to do things right in preparing themselves to be responsible future women of this country.
‘Today we are making history by bringing together the Department of Health and traditional health practitioners under one roof, with a view to working together.
‘We are also here to speak to the youth about various ways of family planning and the prevention of pregnancies,’ she said.
Speaking on behalf of traditional health practitioners, Bhekuyise Mzimela urged community members not to forget their culture.
He also appealed to the Queen Nandi Hospital to allow patients to collect the remains of their fetus.
‘In our culture it is wrong to abort a child, as it creates some spiritual challenges to mothers,’ said Mzimela.
Women were afforded an opportunity to go for papsmears, HIV/AIDS tests and free family planning advice on site.
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