Medic says young girls remove pregnancies through unqualified individuals


October 16, 2018

By Regina Pratt

Programme Manager for Reproductive Health and Family Planning at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH), Dr. Francis Smart has revealed that research shows that young girls remove pregnancies from ‘unqualified people’.

“Research has showed that these unwanted pregnancies by young school girls is that they can go any length to remove the pregnancy from people who are not qualified and that family planning is the best strategy to avoid these unwanted pregnancies,” he said.

Dr. Smart said that they have organised three trainings for master trainers, training of trainers and service providers on how to insert the IUCD or coil into women who have just delivered.

He said the trainings would develop guidelines through consultant Dr. Adjebada, who is a fellow of the West African Surgeons in Nigeria.

Speaking on the issue of teenage pregnancy, Dr. Smart said out of every 1,000 pregnant teenagers only 125 deliver safely, adding that it’s a good opportunity to counsel them to insert the IUCD after delivery.

He disclosed that the reason behind this new method was due to the high rate of maternal mortality which was still high among young women as a result of early marriage and other factors.

The Reproductive Health and Family Planning Manager said inadequate and lack of comprehensive sexuality in education school pupils was also to blame.

He said family planning was the best method to avoid pregnancies among young people especially those that want to space their child bearing.