Sembabule. Police in Sembabule District have arrested two people for allegedly conniving to procure an abortion.
The officer in charge of police fire department in southern region, Mr Bernard Ssembuusi, named the suspects as a nurse and an 18- year- old girl.
It is alleged that a one Brenda, a friend of the girl who aborted, led her to the nurse and requested her to do away with the six-month pregnancy claiming that the man who impregnated her had declined to assist her.
Police said investigations are still ongoing.
Abortion in Uganda
Abortion in Uganda is a widespread problem and alarming because of complications from the procedure.
Dr. Charles Kiggundu, one of Uganda’s leading Gnaecologists and Obstetricians told the ministry of health at a meeting that, half of the two million pregnancies that occur every year in Uganda are unwanted and as a result , about 400,000 are aborted, with 90,000 of them resulting in severe complications, which most times lead to death.
Research shows that 54 abortions occur among every 1,000 women of reproductive age which are far higher than the average of 36 abortions per 1,000 women for East Africa.
Of the 6,000 deaths that occur every year due to pregnancy or childbirth, 1,200 women will die from unsafe abortion while about 40% of admissions for emergency obstetric care in Uganda are a result of the same condition.
Medical experts in the country insist that the persistence of the number of Ugandan mothers dying as a result of child-bearing related causes—currently estimated at 438/100,000 live births is due to unsafe abortion. They say if the trend persists, Uganda will not meet its commitment to achieve a reduction in maternal deaths to the set goal of 150/100,000 live births by 2015.
Dr Kiggundu, a consultant at Mulago National Referral Hospital said the high rate of unsafe abortion is caused by multiple factors including persistent low contraceptive use with only 26% of married women and 43% of sexually active unmarried women said to be using at least one modern method.