About 50, 000 Nigerian girls die from complications arising from wrong and poorly done abortions yearly, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) committee on girl child education has informed.
According to Daily Post, the national president of the committee, Chidi Esike, who made this disclosure during an awareness campaign organized by the committee at Model Girls’ Secondary School, Ugwuachara, Ebonyi State, stated that poorly done abortions happen as a result of lack of education and awareness.
He also lamented the absence of awareness to girl children on issues relating to abortion, noting that those young school girls were usually influenced by peer pressure, even as he called on the female students to take their studies seriously and avoid distractions that often lead to early sex.
Dr Esike said: “The theme of this particular project is Adolescence and the Education of the Girl Child-Negotiating the Mine Field.
“We decided to interact with the students to create awareness of the major challenges facing them in their education through lectures and help them find best solutions that will make their education most effective.”
In her response, the host principal, Charity Chukwu, commended the committee for its prompt awareness campaign on how to safeguard the future of female children in the state.
Just yesterday, UNICEF announced its desire to ensure that over one million Nigerian school girls are educated.