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Family planning still relevant for Ghana’s development- Health Professional

By
Lydia Asamoah/Beatrice Soekekuh, GNA

Accra, Aug 23, GNA – Dr
John Eleeza, Deputy Director of Public Heath, Greater Accra Region, has
described all misconception about existing family planning methods as false and
urged people to consult health providers for suitable methods to plan their
families.

He said stakeholders
in the health sector, needed to sensitise the populace on family planning to
help do away with the many misconceptions that continued to inhibit the use of
the methods among Ghanaians.

Speaking at a
post-world population day media briefing in Accra on Wednesday, Dr Eleeza said
the best way to slow down population was to promote family planning among women
and married couples to enable them limit the number of children they bear as
well as help space their births.

The National
Population Council (NPC), Greater Accra Region, organised the briefing to
sensitise the media on the essence of controlling Ghana’s population to fall in
line with the development ideals, which would impact on the quality of life of
the people.

The forum, was part of
activities marking this year’s world population day, which was observed on July
11, under the theme, ‘’Family Planning, Healthy People for Sustainable National
Development.”

Dr Eleeza said the
many developmental needs of the country, which had unemployment as a top need
of the people, could be tackled and reduced if the rate of population growth
was controlled through increased investment in family planning services.

He indicated that the
NPC therefore needed to increase its advocacy in ensuring that the population
growth rate was within sustainable figures in order not to outstrip the
resources in the nation.

He said for the
country to remain healthy and meet the target of the SDGs, family planning must
be the the key measure to slowing down the population.

Mrs Florence Hagan,
Regional Population officer of NPC said Article 37 clause 4 of the 1992
Constitution of Ghana enjoins the government to maintain a population policy
consistent with the aspirations and development needs and objectives of the
country.

She noted that the
total population of Ghana was projected to a little over 28 million and that of
Greater Accra Region was 4,613, 637 whilst the annual population growth rate
for both national and Greater Accra were 2.5 per cent and 2.6 per cent
respectively.

She said an important
dimension of population growth was fertility which impacted on the health and
social needs of the people.

Mrs Hagan noted that
the family planning prevalence was 22.2 per cent nationwide and 19.4 per cent
in the Region whilst women who wanted to avoid pregnancy but not using modern
contraceptive method was 30 per cent nationwide and 28 per cent for the Greater
Accra Region.

She explained that
when family planning was adopted as a measure of population control, it had
enormous benefits to the individual, families and communities and the nation.

Ms Comfort
Kwegyir-Aggrey, Deputy Director of Nursing Service, Regional Health Directorate
said choosing a family planning method had so many advantages for individuals
and the society as a whole and called for the need to embrace the it to keep
Ghana’s population in check.

GNA

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