Rustenburg - The North West provincial health department on Monday urged women seeking to terminate unwanted pregnancies to use designated public health facilities to avoid the risks that accompany backstreet abortions.
Provincial health spokesman Tebogo Lekgethwane said designated hospitals and community health centres provided free abortion services with safety guarantees, and cautioned that women who used unrecognised facilities risked complications and sometimes death.
"Bogus doctors use unsafe methods of terminating pregnancy that often result in serious infections, infertility and even death of unsuspecting women. A number of women have fallen victim to bogus doctors."
Women were often rushed to public health facilities afterwards with serious complications.
"This is not only costly to the department but creates a burden on the health care system," he said.