Backyard abortions dry up blood banks

Increases in the rate of backyard abortions are driving demand for blood transfusion in the country, health officials have revealed.

The startling disclosures came as Botswana marked World Blood Donor Day on Sunday with the message that a great need for blood still exists to cater for delivering mothers and women suffering from cervical cancer. Medical practitioners at the commemoration noted that women lose a lot of blood during the illegal termination of pregnancies. Abortion in Botswana can only be legally carried out in pregnancies as a result of rape, defilement or incest, or where the pregnancy puts the life of the mother at risk or may cause harm to her physical or mental health. In addition an abortion can also be carried out where the unborn child would suffer or later develop physical or mental abnormality.

Marina Hospital’s Dr David Tamuhla spoke strongly against early indulgence in sexual activities which he said leads to unintended pregnancies. Moreover, he cautioned women against multiple partners, as this is a factor in the prevalence of cervical cancer. He said patients with chronic illnesses such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cancer were also at risk, as were victims of domestic violence who suffer excessive bleeding.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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