PETALING JAYA: Five women died after consuming abortion pills purchased online from 2015-2017, said Sinar Harian.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told the Malaysian daily that four cases occurred in 2015, while another case occurred in 2017.
"Four cases were caused by postpartum bleeding, while another case involved embolism of the amniotic fluid. All cases involved the intravaginal insertion of products containing misoprostol," he said.
The ministry also recorded three cases that were classified as fatal for women who consumed the pills.
He added that the Ministry has found 146 websites that sell abortifacient pills.
Dr Dzulkefly said that to prevent their sales being detected by the Pharmaceutical division, syndicates that sell the pills used blogs, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, among others.
They also used online sites like Lelong.com, 11street, Lazada, Shopee and others.
Dzulkefly said that since 2017, 10 attacks were successfully performed and 17 items containing misoprostol worth RM85,313 were seized
About 17 items worth RM85,513 smuggled mainly from India and China were seized.
Most of the pills were illegally imported from abroad, especially China and India.
The director general of the Ministry of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said that data recorded from January to April 15 recorded 18 sites that sold cytotec were determined and investigated.
Most of them were operating on Facebook and blogs.
"This list was delivered to the Malaysian Media and Communication Commission (MCMC) so they can be blocked," he said, adding that 20 social media sites that sell abortifacient pills have been blocked.