Family Planning
Family Planning

According to him, non-inclusion of family planning in the benefit package of NHI card bearers is preventing many women especially the adolescents from accessing family planning therefore defeating government commitment of making family planning free in public health facilities.

Family Planning
Family Planning
He revealed that Ghana in 2012 at Family Planning Summit in London made commitment of making planning free in public health facilities.

Mr. Ahenu was speaking at a community sensitization forum at Busuama in the Kintampo North Municipality in the Brong-Ahafo under SAAF supported project : Advocating for Young People Access to Safe Abortion and Contraceptive Services in Brong-Ahafo.
The CEO said the patronage of family planning services has been on the decline over the years especially among sexually active youth and married couples.

This, he noted has led to a rapid increase in population over the last two decades with an equally increase in abortion related deaths especially among the youth. He fears that if steps are not taken to control population growth, Ghana’s population could reach 60 million over the next three decades.

Mr. Ahenu pointed out that access to family planning services needs to be improved if Ghana is to make continued progress in raising the contraceptive prevalence rate.

This , he said can be done by increasing the number and categories of personnel providing family planning services, saying “one approach could be giving community-based volunteers and other recognized community-based health workers the additional skills to provide a limited range of products and services at the periphery”.

The CEO also called for the integration of the provision of family planning products and services into other health service sectors such as nutrition services, and private and enterprise-based health services, and other non-health sectors like agriculture, tourism and education.

According to him all family planning policies should promote open and non-judgmental access to comprehensive services to help remove social barriers to access services.

He stressed the need to education the youth on population matters which directly affect them such as sexual relationships, fertility regulation, adolescent health, marriage and childbearing, in order to guide them towards responsible parenthood and small family size.

Source: Pat Aboagyewaa

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