Cases of unsafe abortion in Mzimba South are on the increase as statistics from December 2016 to February 2017 indicates that over 145 women conducted back street abortions in the district.
Top Bill Champion coordinator for the northern chapter, Dan Kwacha disclosed this in an interview , saying unsafe abortion in the district has worsened with 145 women seeking for post care treatment at the hospital since December last year.
Kwacha said among other reasons for unsafe abortion include the migration of men to South Africa where the women are left alone for years and later they resort to extra-marital affairs.
He said sometimes, incest, rape, and defilement is also one factor contributing to unsafe abortions as the people in the communities resort to termination.
Kwacha said “After the women have got pregnant they opt to abort for fear of losing their marriages and they use dangerous traditional medicine among other drugs.
“When these women have met such complications on the induced abortions they rush to hospital for treatment and government is losing millions of money which could have been spent on other needy patients.
He did not say how much government was spending to treat a single woman suffering from post abortion complications.
This comes at a time when there is a huge debate against the legalization of abortion bill in Malawi.
In November last year, members from different churches and some pro-life activists took to the streets and petitioned government against legalization of such a bill should it be tabled in parliament.
Top Bill Champion, is a group of people championing for legalization of safe abortion under coalition of for prevention of unsafe abortion in Malawi (COPUA)