Rise In Abortions in Attappady

Published on: 22 Aug, 2013
Published under: Palakkad District News

22 August 2013


The Health Department, in a report sent to the Union Ministry of Health on Tuesday, has noted a steep rise in the number of abortion cases among tribal women in the Attappady settlements in Palakkad district.

The report said “during the last 20 days 10 abortion cases were recorded among tribal women in Attappady.” Eight cases were reported in July, 2013, seven in June, and 11 in May.

During the last financial year (2012-13), 44 abortion cases were reported as against 27 cases in the previous year. More than half the abortion cases were of mothers in their second or third delivery.

The cases of abortion and still-born were brought to the attention of the District Medical Officer and Health authorities after a medical camp conducted by doctors, organised by `Thampu’, a voluntary organisation last year in Attappady.

President of ‘Thampu’ Rajendra Prasad said a health survey conducted in the tribal hamlets had also found a large number of cases of abortions, still-born and infant deaths.

Source – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/rise-in-abortion-cases-among-tribal-women/article5046154.ece

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