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Ignore Public Perception on Family Planning – Akwatia MP To Women

The country’s population growth rate is at an estimated 2.5 annually, adding that an estimated 38.8 per cent of the population is made up of the youth.

July 12, 2018

The Member of Parliament for the Akwatia Constituency in the Eastern Region, Hon. Mercy Adu Gyamfi Bello, has urged Ghanaian women to Ignore public perception on family planning and accept it for better future.

According to her, the Number of Children to be born does not determine one’s future and secured future, therefore, family planning should be a right of a woman but not privilege.

Contributing on the floor of parliament to mark this year’s World Population Day, Mrs Adu Gyemfi, pupolarly known as “Amasey“ called on Ghanaian women to consult their doctors for best family planning methods and avoid personal medication which could lead to infertility.

She said family planning has side effects but that does not mean people should ignore it, adding, there is the need to consult Nurses to change method instead to control birth.

Ghana’s population is now estimated at 29.6 million up from the 24.5 million recorded during the 2010 Population and Housing Census.

The country’s population growth rate is at an estimated 2.5 annually, adding that an estimated 38.8 per cent of the population is made up of the youth.

The population of Ghana was 6.7 million in 1960; 8.6 million in 1970; Ghana did not conduct census in 1980 but in 1984 which put the population of the country as 12.3 million people; the population grew to 18.9 in 2000 and went up to 24.51 at the last census conducted in 2010.

The theme for 2018 is “Family Planning is Human Right”. This theme for the first time stresses that women can refuse to have multiple pregnancies placed too close if they want. It gives a response to the 50-year-old legislation which also states the same.

The theme for this year’s celebration: “Family Planning; Empowering people, Developing Nations”.
The World Population Day this year coincides with the Family Planning summit expected to take place in London. The UK Department for International Development would co-host the global summit the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development and Global Affairs Canada.

At the turn of the 20th Century, the world population was estimated at 1.6 billion people and by 1940 it stood at 2.3 billion people.

Currently UN population assessment report estimates the world population as 7.5billion and expected to be 9 billion in 2050 and 15 billion by 2100.

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