COVID-19: Ghana reportedly recorded 9,000 unwanted pregnancies due to 3-week lockdown

COVID-19: Ghana reportedly recorded 9,000 unwanted pregnancies due to 3-week lockdown

- Ghana has recorded approximately 9,000 unwanted pregnancies during the partial lockdown period

- From March 30, 2020, to April 20, 2020, parts of Ghana had been on partial lockdown to help contain the spread of COVID-19

- The Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah reportedly confirmed the figures

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Ghana has been reported to have recorded roughly 9,000 unwanted pregnancies during the period of the partial lockdown which was implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a news report sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official website of popular Ghanaian traditional radio, Happy FM, it is indicated that the Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah confirmed the figures in a TV interview.

According to Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah, unwanted pregnancies are always occurring in the country but the lockdown increased the number of pregnancies in Ghana significantly within the last 3 weeks.

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Ghana reportedly records 9,000 unwanted pregnancies due to 3-week lockdown

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

This is attributed to the fact that many people stayed away from their jobs during the period of the lockdown and engaged in several reproductive activities in that period.

9,000 is quite interesting considering the fact that the lockdown was only partially implemented and covered only some parts of Ghana where cases of COVID-19 had been recorded at the time.

It would be recalled that from March 30, 2020, to April 20, 2020, the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, imposed a partial lockdown around Kasoa, Tema, Kumasi and Accra to help contain the COVID-19 spread.

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Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 403 more cases of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, sending the total number of confirmed cases to 2,074 from the previous 1,671 recorded.

According to the official website of the Ghana Health Service, the total number of recoveries, as well as deaths, have also changed to 212 and 17 respectively.

88% of all the cases reported have not had any travel history as only 12% have been traced to have some evidence of travel.

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