In order to get better the broken teenager Reproductive Health status of the country, stakeholders in the sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) fraternity have called for stronger promise on the part of government.
According to stakeholders, the need of prioritization of youth health wants by government which is obvious in government allocation of resources for adolescent health needs is hindering the country’s progress towards achieving its reproductive health targets.
According to the just released 2017 Maternal Health Survey, adolescent birth rates in Ghana are still above 14 per cent, with over 50 per cent of adolescents having an unmet need for contraception.
This means that 140 per 1,000 young person have given birth or are pregnant all over the country, the number which is higher that West Africa’s average of 155 per 1,000 adolescents.
Speaking at the 2nd National Adolescent Reproductive Health Summit in Accra, Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah, Executive Director, National Population Council (NPC), justified the need for improved investment in adolescent reproductive health.
She said by ignoring Teenager Reproductive Health needs, nations give more dearly all the way through increased health financing for an unhealthy culture, increased welfare packages for poor people, increased financing for security services to have deviants and reduced income tax generation.
She opined that it is essential that nations actively make a choice to spend in teenager reproductive health knowledge and services sets the phase for nations to change its human resources into healthy human capital to allow nations harvest demographic dividend.
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