Australia

Apr 29, 2014

The grim prospects for pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru

Pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru live in appalling conditions without access to obstetric care. Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University Caroline de Costa says we're not fulfilling our duty of care.

Last week it was reported that dengue fever had broken out in the Nauru immigration processing centre and that two asylum seekers and one site worker had been affected. No pregnant women were affected by this particular outbreak, but dengue is endemic in the islands of the South Pacific, including Nauru and Papua New Guinea. And possible dengue infection would seem to be only one of the risks experienced by the roughly 20 pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru.

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4 thoughts on “The grim prospects for pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru

  1. AR

    next you’ll be telling me that they are allowed to smile & have sex in these hell holes.

  2. Tom Jones

    The Christian Minister Sctt Morrison must be interpreting Jesus who said “Suffer the little children to come unto me” by thinking it means that they should be sent to heaven as fast as possible. That Australia is complicit in setting up such modern day concentration camps is bewildering and upsetting for a people who in every other context try to be decent.

  3. Janet Watterson

    I wonder how long till we will be having a Prime Minister giving a ” Sorry” speech for off shore detention.

  4. Salamander

    Wicked and atrocious.

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