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Nansana Health Authorities: More Woman Seeking Post Abortion Services

Annet Dungu, head of maternity at Nabweru Health Centre IIIs, says the numbers could be more because those who seek post abortion care services in private facilities are not captured.

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The number of women, more so teenagers seeking post-abortion care services in health centers in Nansana Municipality is on the increase.

Records indicate that each of the 13 health centers in the municipality at least receive a patient seeking post-abortion care services each day.     

Kawanda and Nabweru Health Centres record the highest numbers with at least six patients. 

Annet Dungu, head of maternity at Nabweru Health Centre IIIs, says the numbers could be more because those who seek post abortion care services in private facilities are not captured.

She says most of the patients only resort to Health Centers after developing serious complications resulting from self-induced abortions.        

 

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Ddungu’s worry is that most of the patients are teenage girls, majority of them school girls.  

She says it would be better if girls of reproductive age are introduced to the different family planning methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which push them to abort.  

Dr. Robert Kagwire, the Nansana Municipal Health Officer, says a simple interpretation of the abortion rate is that many girls end up with unwanted pregnancies and shows the poor uptake of family planning services.  

The uptake of contraceptives in Nansana municipality stands at only 14 percent. 

Dr. Kagwire blames the low uptake of family planning services to misconceptions and the busy schedules of the would be users.

He says that many family planning products expire in health center stores thus causing losses to government.    

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Dr. Kagwire notes there is need to exhaust all avenues of making family planning services and contraceptive education available to all those requiring them. 

He says they are planning to combat the situation by taking family planning sensitization and services to households, communities and business centers.

Kagwire says they will also use the same avenues to reach out to men who they think block their partners from enrolling on family planning services.

Betty Namata, a village health team member and vendor at Yesu Amala Daily Market, says at times people get busy and don’t find to visit health centers unless they are sick.    

She believes that when services are brought to them they can access them as they do their cores.    

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