Concern over Durban’s ‘bogus’ abortion doctors

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The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is worried about the increase in the number of bogus doctors operating without licences after six male and one female foetuses were discovered in glass bottles filled with a brown fluid in an illegal dump site overrun with filth and rodents in Marianhill, west of Durban.

“We urge the MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to declare war on back-street abortions by launching a campaign to eradicate illegal posters advertising abortions in all major cities and towns around the province. Bogus doctors use
concoctions and pills which could result in illegal and unhygienic abortions that could have adverse effects on women leading to infections and the risk of not being able to conceive again,” IFP spokesperson on Health, Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL is quoted in Polity as saying.

“The IFP is now calling on the Department of Health to improve its clinic facilities primarily to provide the public with contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Public hospitals must also improve termination of pregnancy
services which are supposedly freely available to all the citizens. This will assist our desperate women who become victims of these criminals and end up losing their lives.” concluded Nkwanyana. “The IFP would like to advise the public that they must check the qualifications and HPCSA registration of any practitioner that they may have doubts about.”

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