PPAZ Director of Programmes and Operations, Edford Mutuma, told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the number of abortions in the country is on the increase and called for urgent solutions.
Mr Mutuma said statistics obtained by his association from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) indicate that the hospital records more than 400 post abortions care cases in a month.
He said the majority of these cases are among the youths and attributed this to lack of information on reproductive health and other vital information.
He also said the latest Zambia Health Demographic Survey has shown that the country is grappling with issues of abortions, hence the need to educate people on its dangers.
Mr Mutuma has emphasized on the need for proper education on reproductive health and related matters among the public.
He said there is need to start educating the public on reproductive health and increase access to relevant services by young women.
Mr Mutuma said people should be educated on family planning and the use of contraceptives to reduce this high number of abortions in the country.
He, however, said people need to properly plan for their future and be responsible before they could engage themselves in sex so as to avoid abortions.
Mr Mutuma noted that under the Zambian laws, abortion is illegal unless it is done under the certification of doctors only in dire circumstances.
He, however, said the recently launched Standard and Guidelines on legal abortion is a step ahead in reducing the high number of illegal abortion in the country.
He has further called for the reinforcement of existing policies against illegal abortion to be strengthened.