- A survey conducted indicates that, there is a low patronage of the female condom
- The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has expressed worry about the low patronage of family planning services in the Central Region
Many people in the Central Region have low education on female condoms and do not usually patronise them, the Central Regional Technical Group on Family Planning has said.
The group expressed worry about the fact that many had never even heard of the existence of female condoms, while others did not know how to use them.
The Central Region, especially its capital Cape Coast, has in recent years recorded patronise when it comes to teenage pregnancies.
A report by the Ghana Health Service in 2015 revealed that the region had the highest number of recorded cases of teenage pregnancy.
A separate report by the region’s Social Welfare Department also said over 5000 teenage girls have been found to be pregnant in the year under review.
And this has been largely attributed to the lack of education, as well as the low patronage of female condoms.
Speaking at a meeting to discuss how family planning activities could be best inculcated into people in the region, the Central Regional Technical Group on Family Planning said this will help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the region.
Also in attendance was the Deputy Director of Nursing Service, Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, Madam Beatrice Essilfie, who called on people to cultivate the habit of using female condoms, emphasising that it was not really being patronised.
The Programmes Coordinator at the Ghana Health Service, Mrs Mavis Narh, also added that: "people are not taking them [female condoms] so we never run out of them."
She issued a rallying call on the youth to pay attention to family planning services, as well as sex education.
Also present at the meeting were the Focal Person for the United Nations Population Fund Activities (UNFPA) in the region, Mr Allan Paintsil and the Regional Director of the Department of Gender and Social Protection, Mrs Thywill Kpe.
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