- Nearly 52,000 females operate as commercial sex workers in Ghana, a renowned doctor has said
- Dr. Ernest Kwako affirmed the number while citing a UNAIDS report, stating that the current situation is alarming
- He was addressing a conference held by the National Federation of Medical Students
Dr. Ernest Kwako, a gynaecologist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has revealed that the number of female commercial sex workers in Ghana currently stands at nearly 52,000.
He quoted a UNAIDS report while stating that the rate at which female sex workers in Ghana are increasing is alarming.
Dr. Kwako was speaking at a conference for the National Federation of Medical Students Association.
The theme for the conference was: “Access to Family Planning and Reproduction Health Services by Female Sex Workers”.
Dr. Kwako revealed that most of these females claim to be “traders” because the country’s laws frown on commercial sex work.
He said there are hidden and imaginary population of female sex workers in most parts of the country.
In his view, the police has not done enough to halt the practice, citing extortion from these female commercial sex workers as a major problem.
“They [commercial sex workers] feel shy to attend hospital for regular check-ups, family planning and reproduction health because of public stigmatization,” Dr. Kwako said in an interview.
Meanwhile, at a time when plastic has become a herculean menace for many countries, here in Ghana, young individuals are undertaking projects that turn plastic waste into fuel like grease, diesel and petrol for household use.
The project has received a GEFSGPGhana UNDP Ghana support to begin the pilot stage of the laudable initiative.
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