Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Eastern Regional Minister, has bemoaned the high annual teenage girls bearing children rate of 17% in the region above the national figure of 14% and called for an intensified awareness creation among the young ones to abstain from unprotected sex.
Whereas our large population could be accredited to our good fertility rate, it is also important that as a developing country we take steps to check this alarming trend in order to ensure quality lives for our citizens, he said.
The Eastern Regional Minister made the call at the launch of this year’s regional World Population Day celebration in Koforidua Tuesday, under the theme;”Family Planning, Healthy People for Sustainable Development.”
According to him, Ghana’s current population growth of 2.5 percent annually, which translates into 700,000 people, can be said to be alarming because it is over and above the global target of 1.5 percent.
This therefore calls for special attention on family planning to facilitate the country’s sustainable development, he said, adding the implication being the high demands for social amenities and job placement challenges that come with it.
It is important to state that family planning is not only about control of child birth but everything that affects the reproductive health of the family and makes them happy and healthy to be effective contributors to national development and must be embraced by the populace, he stated.
Dr. Ernestina Hope Tuckson, the Eastern Regional Government Statistician, in her address, said the celebration provides the platform for the National Population Council and its partners to critically assess the reproductive health needs of Ghanaians and generate ideas to resolve the issue of unmet needs for family planning and explore ways of making investments in family planning among other things.
There is therefore the need to intensify advocacy efforts to increase and sustain government ownership and investment in Family Planning going forward as a cost-effective socioeconomic development intervention, she reiterated.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Ametewee S. Worlali, Koforidua