The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has emphasized the need to include family planning services in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and increase government funding for contraceptive to promote reproductive health.
The Mayor said this on Thursday July 12 at the launch of the National Population Policy in Accra as part of activities to mark this year’s World Population Day in Ghana under the theme: Reproductive Health and Gender Equality for Sustainable Development."
World Population day seeks to raise awareness of global population issues and it is observed on July 11 every year .The day was first observed in 1989 after the world’s population hit 5 billion in 1987 and the world became alarmed of rapid population growth.
This year’s celebration calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
Mayor Sowah said in spite of the progress Ghana had made after twenty five years of the ICPD, maternal deaths remains high and there are many women with an unmet needs for family planning with widespread gender-based violence hence the need to accelerate the promise.
He called for broader discourse on family planning at the national level adding that family planning service should be freely and universally available to women just as immunization services are.
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) also called on the legislative arm of government to pass the affirmative action bill into law , stressing that “men should treat women with respect and give them space to participate in decision-making starting from the household level and this should include decisions about childbearing."
He called for a renewed focus on leaving no one behind, by achieving the “three zeros“ which is zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for contraceptives and zero sexual and gender based violence."