Stakeholders want new health reproductive policy released

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A medical researcher works on results of tests for preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at the Gorgas Memorial institute for Health Studies laboratory in Panama City February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

By Marie Yambo

Stakeholders in the health sector have called on the Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri to release the new formulated policy guidelines on reproductive health care to ease the delivery of service in public health facilities. 

Obstetrician gynecologist Professor Joseph Karanja says cases of unsafe abortions have been on the rise, and in the absence of policy guidelines to offer post care services in the public hospitals, health workers shy away from assisting victims of complications of backstreet abortions.

He said despite the enactment of the new constitution that also recognizes the procurement of safe abortion to a woman on health grounds, the ministry of health recently withdrew guidelines on its implementation posing a risk to would be patients.

Professor Karanja said the withdrawal of the guidelines has dealt a blow to efforts of reducing maternal deaths in the country of which unsafe abortion contributes to over 500,000 cases of deaths of women annually according to the Kenya demographic and health survey.

Christine Ojiambo Executive Director FIDA Kenya also faulted the lack of adequate and accessible contraceptive services as huge hindrance to the provision of reproductive health

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