Preliminary findings from investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners has killed 200 women in Bauchi State, according to the executive chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed.
The executive chairman disclosed this in an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network. He however
said the investigation had not been concluded, but preliminary findings had revealed that the number of such deaths was about 200, adding that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
He further revealed that the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing age, who after becoming pregnant visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancy had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from such complications.