DISPEL MYTHS ABOUT FAMILY PLANNING AND CONTRACEPTIVE USE
July 26, 2019 5:10 pm
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison has called for an intense education of the public on the use of contraceptives and family planning to dispel myths around such practices in the Ghanaian society.
She made this statement in her capacity as the Guest of honour at the 10th Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists organised by the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SOGOG) at the Korle-Bu OBS and GYNAE Department Conference Hall on Friday, 26th July, 2019.
She added that these myths make people, especially women, hesitant to use family planning methods and do not have access to safe abortion procedures when needed and can lead to the deterioration of their health. “In 2012, an estimated 80 million women in developing countries had an unintended pregnancy and of those women, at least one (1) in four (4) resorted to unsafe abortion”.
Good reproductive health which includes family planning, the use of contraceptives to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and prevention of unsafe abortions among others, are central to women empowerment as when women are in good health they are able to support themselves and their households and contribute to national development.
Significant challenges stand in the way of making contraceptives more widely available and accessible; lack of information, in some cases lack of support from women partners, concern about health effect of contraceptives, insufficient resources amongst others. In 2015, approximately 303 women and adolescent girls died as a result of pregnancy and child birth related complications which could have been prevented and 99% of these deaths occurred in low resource settings. “The most recent country-wide data shows that only 13 % of facilities provided basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care”, she added.
She stated that education on sexual reproductive health must involve men and encourage shared responsibility in their roles as partners and increase access to contraceptives and safe abortion procedures. She also asked that partners be included in developing evidence-based policies and giving pragmatic technical advice to policy makers.
Dr. Owen Kaluwa, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Ghana also stated that women and children are the most affected by health care inadequacies and therefore, must be exposed to well-designed health programs that provide core reproductive, maternal and child health services.
He added that access to reproductive healthcare and quality care for mothers and children is a priority for the WHO and applauded Ghana for being one of the first wave countries to commit to the Global Network to improve quality care for mothers and children.
The representative called for accelerated action and the need to adopt innovative approaches in the design and implementation of programs.
He concluded by pledging the continued support of WHO to the efforts of government and all stakeholders towards a universal access to good reproductive health.