Coast reports high rise in abortion cases

Mombasa’s famous party life may be taking toll on women and girls, with hospitals reporting disturbingly high number of complications from unsafe abortions. Hospitals in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale blame the high number on heavy holiday partying and tourism-related activities.

Doctors at the Coast General Provincial Hospital (CPGH), the biggest referral hospital in the region, say they received 102 cases of post-abortion complications in the last four months. CPGH Deputy Administrator Dr Victor Njom says: “90 per cent of the incidents are those that were procured by quacks and health officers had to complete the process to save the women.”

He says when a woman is brought to the hospital after trying to induce an abortion, she has to undergo a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) to complete the process. MVA removes uterine contents through the cervix.

The process is normally used to induce an abortion, or as a therapeutic procedure after a miscarriage or to obtain a sample for endometrial biopsy. Dr Njom says unless the uterus remains are cleared from the woman’s womb, she might acquire infections that could lead to infertility.

The hospital can only offer post-abortion care, which is legal in Kenya. The Constitution has also allowed safe abortion or termination of pregnancy when a woman’s life is in danger but the Ministry of Health withdrew the guidelines that would guide the process last year.

The Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Mobility and Mortality from Unsafe Abortions in Kenya was launched by the Director of Medical Services Francis Kimani in September 2012.

-The Star Newspaper

Coast leaders demand for mosques to be opened

Muslim political,human rights leaders have called for the immediate opening of four mosques closed down by the government in Mombasa over radicalization of youth.

The leaders say closing down the mosques is a violation of Muslims’ right to worship .

Police have closed down the Shuhadaa and Mujahideen (formerly Musa and Sakina) mosques in Majengo and Swafaa and Minaa mosques in Mwandoni area.

Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims chairman Professor Abdul-Ghafur El-Busaidyand, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir  and Kisauni Mp Rashid Bezimba says the move only serves to escalate the already bad situation by provoking religious emotions

2 dead in yet another gang raid in Mombasa

Two people were killed last night after gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at revelers at a bar in Majengo area Mombasa.

Several other people were injured in the assault by the masked men at Sega bar around midnight. The injured are receiving treatment at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

The attack came less than 24 hours after gunmen on motorbikes shot dead four people among them a minor at Soweto area of Likoni.

Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur says they are still hunting for the gang that also dropped leaflets with messages threatening retaliation for recent killings at the coast.