Teens are abort­ing thou­sands of ba­bies

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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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