A UN report has revealed how the current lockdown could cause 7 million unwanted pregnancies.
A reported new data by the United Nations has said that the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown could lead to about seven million pregnancies in the coming months.
This could lead to big disruptions in health care services after the coronavirus period cools down.
According to SROC, the UN Population Fund and partners said that the number of women who are unable to access family planning or facing unplanned pregnancies and confronting domestic violence could greatly increase in millions.
The same release said that 47 million women may not be able to access contraceptives should the COVID-19 lockdown go on for straight six months.
This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally.
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Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA executive director said:
The pandemic is deepening inequalities and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health. The data added that there are around 450 million women in 114 countries who use contraceptives as it said that the lockdown has slowed the fight against female abuse with experts saying millions of avoidable FGM could happen.
The inability to get contraceptives has been identified as the main cause of the expected situation.
UGC The report also said 13 million child marriages could also take place. As a response to those gloomy likelihoods, the organization is working on strengthening the health system and service delivery.
New cases in Kenya.
This comes as Kenya record the highest coronavirus cases in a day after a reported 30 people out of 883 samples tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, May 3.
From the new cases- 19 of the infected persons were from Mombasa, two from Bungoma, eight from Nairobi, and one from Kitui county.
The government also urged Kenyans to continue taking the disease with the seriousness it deserves as they had witnessed many starting to act normally.