Unsafe abortion complications eat into health budget
Money spent on treating these complications could have been used to provide family planning services
by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
18 June 2019
Treatment of complications of unsafe abortion consumes a disproportionate amount of health systems resources in Kenya including staff time and acquisition of medical supplies.
Last year, severe complications from unsafe abortion accounted for 54 per cent of the total health costs. Post-abortion care also consumes a significant amount of resources that would otherwise be spent on other areas of health including reproductive, maternal and child health.
Unsafe abortions: Unscrupulous doctors' goldmine
By Jeckonia Otieno
Published Fri, September 28th 2018
The country is still grappling with the death of seven month pregnant Sharon Atieno who was gruesomely killed in what has come to be one of the tragic love stories of our time. Atieno, who is said to have been hobnobbing with Migori Governor Okoth Obado is said to have been urged to terminate the pregnancy but refused.
It is reported that her mother against getting an abortion because it could lead to serious health consequences including death.
Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on
By Akello Odenyo
Published Mon, May 28th 2018
Rose Otieno was seated behind her desk at the clinic flipping through a newspaper when a familiar face on the obituary section caught her attention. As she read through the obituary, details of the familiar face became clearer. “The picture on the obituary wasn’t anything close to the face she wore the last time I saw Elizabeth,” recounted Otieno.
Otieno, a healthcare service provider, said Elizabeth (second name withheld to save family members from embarrassment) had walked into her clinic two weeks earlier, explaining that she wanted to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.
Kenya spends millions treating unsafe abortion complications
The money is enough to procure at least two cancer treatment machines.
By EUNICE KILONZO
May 28, 2018
New report quantifies financial and human resource cost of treating complications of unsafe pregnancy terminations
Kenya spent Sh533 million treating complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities, according to a new report by the Ministry of Health and the African Population and Health Research Centre.
Why women doctors want abortion covered by NHIF
by Gatonye Gathura
Published Sun, May 6th 2018
A group of women doctors want abortion covered in the universal health care plan rolled out through the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
“Abortion and attendant complications are responsible for most maternal deaths and their care should be financed through the new health plan,” says Maryanne Nyamongo, a consultant gynaecologist.
State spent Sh533 million on unsafe abortions patients in 2016
Apr. 06, 2018
By RHODA ODHIAMBO
Public hospitals spent Sh533 million treating patients who sought medical services after botched abortions in 2016, a new report suggests.
The amount was used to purchase medical supplies and pay health personnel.
This was an increase by Sh100 million that was used in 2012 to treat unsafe abortions.
REVEALED: How unsafe abortion is draining public hospital cash
Posted on Mar 1, 2018
Kenya spent SH533 million in 2016 to treat complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities.
This was money used to pay health workers' salaries and buy medical supplies.