Deputy Health Minister Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Health MEC, Nomakhosazana Meth and KSD Executive Mayor Nyaniso Nelani lead a march against illegal abortions.
Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, along with his Eastern Cape counterpart, Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, led a march in Mthatha on May 12 to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal abortions (behind the scenes).
The march, which began at the taxi rank behind the Circus Triangle shopping mall, ended at Mthatha Freedom Square, where an anti-illegal abortion memorandum was delivered to authorities in the criminal justice system.
The marchers, including the executive mayor of King Sabata Dalindyebo, Nyaniso Nelani, also removed adverts about illegal abortions being shown in the Mthatha CBD.
Dhlomo stressed the need to create a safe and friendly environment for those wishing to terminate a pregnancy, as part of the fight against the proliferation of illegal abortion centers.
“We must ensure that those who wish to terminate their pregnancies feel free and safe to come to our health facilities and do so in a safe manner, not through clandestine abortions which are not safe for them. sexual and reproductive health,” Dhlomo explained.
He further warned that illegal abortions contribute to maternal deaths.
Meth added that the government would increase awareness and accessibility of free and safe pregnancy termination in government health facilities.
She further admitted that the attitude of clinicians in their institutions may contribute to the use of illegal and unsafe abortion centers.
“We will develop a plan on how we work with local and district municipalities on an integrated program involving all our stakeholders to effectively address the moral decay that leads to teenage pregnancy, which then leads to problem of illegal abortions,” Meth said.
The Ministry of Health has urged people who wish to terminate their pregnancies to do so using safe and free pregnancy termination services, provided in accordance with the Termination of Pregnancy Act, which are accessible in health facilities. designated audiences across the country.