‘Intensify education on family planning’

SDG PixPublic health practitioners have been tasked to intensify education on family planning and contraception, to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

The Deputy Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ms. Dennia Gayle, made the call at a workshop, organised by her outfit in Accra.

He regretted the poor patronage of family planning services among women, especially in the rural areas of the country.

Ms. Gayle also expressed worry about the belief that contraceptives and family planning devices threaten women’s health, which make some women shun family planning methods.

He said Ghana’s maternal mortality ratio stood at 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, and advised midwives to accept postings to health centres in rural areas.

Ms. Gayle asked government to employ schemes to ensure that such nurses received attractive benefits due them for working under harsh circumstances.

In a related development, Ms. Gayle re-launched the Media Communication Advocacy Network, which was under the umbrella of the Media Foundation for West Africa.

By Eva Borley Odamtten

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