MINISTRY OF HEALTH SHOULD ADOPT STANDARD GUIDELINES FOR REDUCING MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY FOR UNSAFE ABORTION.
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The ministry of health decision to withdraw the standard guidelines for reducing morbidity and mortality for unsafe abortion in 2012 here in Kenya has undermined the constitutional right of women to receive the highest attainable standard of health care services reproductive health include. Safe abortion is a component of reproductive health and it is a human right.
By withdrawing these standard guidelines, the government has made thousands of women suffer and die needlessly from severe complications caused by unsafe abortion. Each day 7 women die needlessly due to unsafe abortion here in Kenya. It has also left the health professionals in public hospitals afraid to offer comprehensive abortion care services to women seeking safe abortion services due to fear of arrest and this has forced these women to seek the services of quacks which has led them to face serious risks and damage to their health and wellbeing.
These injuries and deaths caused by unsafe abortion can be prevented and must be prevented. By restoring the standard guidelines for reducing morbidity and mortality for unsafe abortion and allowing women to access safe, legal, free and high quality comprehensive abortion services which comprises of post abortion care, induced abortion and contraceptive services, we could avert thousands of deaths and injuries caused by unsafe abortion here in Kenya.
Nothing should be as important to a nation than the health and rights of its women. Where women are healthy and their rights are provided for, not only their families but the entire nation flourishes. It is time the ministry of health took decisive actions to protect the health, rights and future of women before more women are harmed by its dangerous decisions and stands against abortion.