A non-governmental organisation, Ipas Nigeria, has said the country loses no fewer than 10, 000 women annually as a result of unsafe abortions.
The Country Director, Hauwa Shekarau, who made this disclosure on Friday at a three-day event on capacity building for media practitioners on women’s sexual reproductive health and rights in Gombe State, called for a robust advocacy to reduce unsafe abortions in the country.
She said Ipas was concerned about expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care across Africa, Asia and Latin America, while working with partners to train abortion providers and connect women with vital information.
She said “Since 2006, we have trained over 1,000 journalists who are helping in championing the course of women reproductive health and rights issues in the country.”
Some of the participants at the workshop commended the organisation for exposing them to issues that could shape their thoughts and reportage of issues relating to women’s reproductive health and rights as well as maternal deaths in the country.