Many Brazilian Girls Are Avoiding Being pregnant Over Zika Fears
LONDON (Reuters) – Brazil ought to urgently overview its reproductive well being insurance policies, scientists stated on Friday, to help the greater than 50 % of potential moms who say they wish to keep away from being pregnant because of fears concerning the Zika virus.
Publishing examine outcomes suggesting many ladies are afraid of Zika, which might trigger extreme delivery defects within the youngsters of ladies contaminated whereas pregnant, the researchers stated Brazil ought to do extra to make sure entry to secure and efficient contraceptives and take into account lifting its ban on abortion.
“The Brazilian authorities should place reproductive well being issues on the heart of its response (to Zika), together with reviewing its continued criminalization of abortion,” the well being consultants, led by Debora Diniz from Brasilia College, wrote within the Journal of Household Planning and Reproductive Well being Care.
Zika, a viral illness carried by mosquitoes, has unfold to greater than 60 nations and territories for the reason that present outbreak was recognized final 12 months in Brazil, elevating alarm over its capability to trigger the uncommon delivery defect microcephaly in addition to different neurological issues.
Brazil has been the nation hardest hit to date, with greater than 2,200 reported circumstances of microcephaly, a situation marked by abnormally small heads that may result in developmental issues.
Diniz’s staff performed a nationwide survey in June 2016 utilizing face-to-face questionnaires to gather knowledge about reproductive well being and being pregnant, and a secret poll field to acquire data associated to abortion experiences. Knowledge had been collected from 2,002 city, literate Brazilian girls aged 18 to 39.
Greater than half of these surveyed stated they’d prevented or tried to keep away from being pregnant due to the Zika epidemic, the outcomes confirmed, whereas solely 27 % stated they’d not tried to keep away from being pregnant due to Zika.
An additional 16 % stated they’d not been planning being pregnant, whatever the virus.
The examine additionally discovered greater proportion of ladies in northeastern Brazil (66 %) than within the south (46 %) reported avoiding being pregnant. The researchers stated this was most probably as a result of epidemic being extra concentrated in northeastern Brazil.
(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Enhancing by Tom Heneghan)