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International Journal of Life science and Pharma Research (IJLPR)
Life Science
Volume 2 Issue 2, April - June 2012    Pages:102-106
Profile of Women with Induced Abortion complications in Nigeria

Dr. Awusi Vincent Oghenekobaro
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Abstract:
Background: Complications of induced abortion remain significant causes of maternal mortality and morbidity globally, particularly in countries, such as Nigeria, that do not provide access to safe abortion services. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the socio-demographic characteristics of 180 women who were treated for post-induced abortion complications. This was a retrospective study. Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Warri (temporary site), Nigeria. Women treated for various cases of abortion complications over a 3year period, January 1st 2006 to December 31st 2008. Majority of the respondents were aged 15 – 24years (69%) and presented themselves for abortion when the pregnancy was more than 12weeks( 34% ); were unmarried( 66% ), attained (or about to attain ) at least secondary education( 86% ), dependants –students/applicants( 80% ). The chief reason for procuring an induced abortion was the desire to complete school or training( 45% ) .Post-induced abortion contributed significantly to the maternal morbidity( 9.68% ) and mortality( 0.43% ) in this study. The study shows that induced abortion is mainly undertaken by teenagers who are mainly students/apprentices and the main reason of procuring abortion was to complete school or training. . Health and social workers could use the social profile obtained from this study as a guide to identify women at risk of unwanted pregnancy, consequent induced/unsafe abortion, and formulate preventive- initiatives targeted at them.
Keywords: Induced abortion; Socio-demographic traits; Contraception; Institutionalization of safe abortion.
 
 
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