A woman seeking treatment for female infertility after her husband’s death has had her surgery cancelled after she claimed the procedure would “trigger my own abortion.”
Mali’s Ministry of Health said Monday that Dr. Mamdouh Abou Khalfan, the doctor whose appointment with the Ministry of Medicine was cancelled, had not been granted permission to use the facility and that she was advised against undergoing the procedure.
Dr. Abou, the daughter of a doctor who has been treating women in Malar province for more than a decade, said she had been told by the Ministry to not undergo the procedure until it was “safe, effective and legal” for her to do so.
She said she was “scared” by the “very scary” possibility of the procedure triggering her own abortion.
“It is very scary, especially after I have been told I could be responsible for my own pregnancy,” she told Reuters.
“I would like to know how this is allowed to happen.
I would like the Minister to explain the situation to me and the doctors.
I’m afraid that my life will be changed forever.”
Dr. Magedouh is among more than 500 Malar doctors in the country who have been denied permission to perform abortions in Malaria-stricken countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Gambia.
Malar is the world’s second-most populous country, after Yemen.
The Ministry of Public Health declined to comment on whether it had received complaints from other doctors in other countries, but it has been a hotbed of controversy for years.
The ministry had also told Malar’s doctors in December 2016 to stop using the “unapproved” procedure that would cause a miscarriage in a case of rape.
Malaria is endemic in Malor, but there is little information on how many people are infected and how many live in the area.
Dr Abou said she would continue to work with the ministry and doctors to help patients access the procedure, but said she also would no longer perform abortions for women who were not pregnant.
“I do not want to have a woman in Malaroa [a term used for Malar] who is pregnant.
I do not wish to be associated with this procedure,” she said.
“What I have said is that we have been doing the procedure for years and we have had problems in other places.”
Malaria is one of the worlds deadliest diseases, affecting more than 10 million people and killing more than two million annually.
It is transmitted through sexual intercourse, water, dust and faeces, and there are no effective vaccines.