Abortion rate high among U-20 women in GorkhaA total of 161 women under the age of 20 underwent abortion at varous health institutions in Gorkha in the last fiscal year.
A total of 161 women under the age of 20 underwent abortion at varous health institutions in Gorkha in the last fiscal year.
According to the District Public Health Office (DPHO) data, 805 women had aborted fetus in the fiscal year 2015-16. “20 percent of the women were under the age of 20,” said Bir Bahadur Shrestha, the family planning supervisor of the DPHO, indicating the growing rate of abortion cases among young women. In the fiscal year 2014-15, 10 percent of women below 20 underwent abortions in the district.
There are only four safer abortion service centres in the district. “It is dangerous to become pregnant under the age of 20. There could be complications during delivery, putting both mother and child at risk,” he warned.
Many private clinics are also providing abortion services in the district. One of the medical operators in the district said the majority of women under the age of 20 aborted their child using medicines. The DPHO said it would put in more efforts to make the family planning and awareness programme effective to check on the growing abortion rate among young women in the district.