A hurdle for women to have reproductive healthcare in Malta: Ectopic case

In November 2020, there was a patient who had an experience of a need for treating an ectopic pregnancy, which was shared on the Malta Taboo. It is said that ectopic pregnancy is not possible, and if it is left incomplete then this can be fatal. To treat ectopic pregnancy there are two ways first surgical method involves removing the fallopian tube and the medical way to treat ectopic pregnancy is by administering methotrexate medicine. This medication method is being used by experts since 2018, but still getting a prescribed medication is difficult says the patient, and brings a barrier in for getting treatment in this situation. She told me that this protocol was in a place that needs to represent her case in front of the board for getting a sanction. The process of getting sanction took approx 2 or more than 2 days, wherein time the development of embryo was taking place and was leading to have a risk of bursting and treating itself was becoming less likely to work.

Where you might be confused or getting questions that why we are posting about pregnancy on a medical method of having a termination. The real truth is that Malta is a country that completely has an abortion ban and this effect has an aspect on reproductive health and on one who is pregnant. There is no exception in the law to save women’s life. This patient story’s gone viral on all the social handles and which had a positive impact on the people and anger in delay in the provision of essential healthcare.

The experts in this country have made their comments about the case and begin to gather in front of a court, wherein the health ministry gave a gentle reply by denying the existence of a board and claiming that the approval process may take few more hours. After this entire situation, the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the hospital said they will take an opportunity to look into how a system can help to improve the treatment.

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