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Unsafe abortions increasing maternal deaths-First Lady

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First Lady Esther Lungu with Chieftainess Nyanje when she paid a courtesy call on her at the palace in Sinda District on May 20,2015. The First Lady is in Eastern Province for the Outreach Programme for People with Special needs- Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with Chieftainess Nyanje when she paid a courtesy call on her at the palace in Sinda District on May 20,2015. The First Lady is in Eastern Province for the Outreach Programme for People with Special needs- Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has observed that unplanned pregnancies among women and girls are resulting into unsafe abortions which are among factors increasing maternal deaths.

Ms Lungu said lack of family planning coupled with little education among women in rural areas was higher than those in the urban, which required awareness campaigns.

In a speech read for her by Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Yamfwa’s wife, Elizabeth, in Choma yesterday at launch of national Safe Motherhood Week, Ms Lungu called for family planning and expectant mothers to deliver from hospitals.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme ‘Woman’s dignity begins when Fistula ends’.

“I urge all of you, to have a determined spirit in realising the need to leave our comfort zones and run to deliver quality safe motherhood interventions in our communities,” she said.

Ms Lungu said delays in decision making at community and house levels led to a number of deaths during pregnancies because women also delayed to access health services.

“It has been noted that women only attend antenatal care if they develop complications. Sometimes these complications could be at an advanced stage that health workers are unable to save lives,” she said.

A situation analysis conducted in Zambia showed that about 500 women develop fistula every year and more than 200 women were living with fistula.

In addressing such challenges, Government, was implementing safe motherhood interventions services such as recruiting trained health personnel and providing access to family planning.

United Nations Population Fund country representative Mary Otieno assured of affirmative support to Government to realise the goal of providing quality health services.

Southern Provincial Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said the national launch of Safe Motherhood in the province should encourage women to access health services from hospitals.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Zambian women know how to take care of such issues themselves.

    By the time i was 19 i knew how to DIY with unwanted pregnancy.
    A friend of mine that time who lived with her sister and mother showed me how to abort in one minute and it takes about 30 seconds
    to do the job!

    Since then i got rid of 4-5 unwanted Zambian bastards… and it didn’t cost me a dime.
    It is very safe and fast!!

  2. Wearing clothes is not an African culture mwebekalachalo!!

    Before the slave masters ” Christian missionaries” blinded you with their lies they found your ancestors naked without a thread on their backsides. They handed you a book of lies that you now know as ‘The” holy book.
    They told you to abandoned your culture and African traditions and gave you RAGS to wear and told you were now civilized, te!!

    Go to Namibia and Bostwana, its sad to see bushmen/women/children/young & old who still walk around naked, brought into the towns and forced to wear second hand rags!!

    They are more happy NAKED becuz they were born FREE!!

    FREE FROM BRAINWASHING OF THE MIND frm CHILDHOOD

    tsk…tsk..

  3. The trend of primitive Zambian men stripping women naked in public is not right and it should be stopped!!
    Mobs of classless stinking men surround a beautiful woman and rip away her clothes until she is naked.
    Primitive Zambian man, be civilized its none of YOUR business what someone is wearing.
    Shame on these lowlifes, when did anyone’s dressing became another person’s business?
    These savages are potential rapists who should rot in jail
    The last time i checked God created us naked and in African culture women wore bark-skin “G-String” IMIBINDE & topless… Chitenge’S AND SALAULA WERE BROUGHT TO YOU BY FOREGINERS
    Shame on you Zambian idîots!!

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