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The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMeF), an NGO, Raphael Godlove Ahenu Junior, says statistics from the Ghana Health Service in Sunyani indicate that the Brong-Ahafo recorded five thousand 909 abortions in 2014 as compared to 358 in the year 2013. Mr. Ahenu Junior who disclosed this in an interview with the Develop Ghana Newspaper in Sunyani, pointed out that, in 2014, total abortion cases for those between ten to 14 years stood at 91, whilst the figure for 15 to 19 age-range was one thousand 188. Comparing last year’s statistics to that of 2013 for the same period, Mr. Ahenu Junior said seven abortion cases were recorded for girls in the ten to 14 age-brackets whilst 15 to 19 years group registered 95 abortions. Mr. AhenuJunior said the majority of them were students from the Junior High and Senior High Schools. He regretted that unsafe abortion was killing many girls, and stressed the need to promote safe abortion and also create avenues for girls to access reproductive health without hindrance. The CEO of GLOMeF called on the media, religious bodies, civil societies and the Ghana Health Service as well as all interested parties to increase awareness on the legal status of abortion and contraceptive services in country to help reduce unsafe abortions in the region and the nation at large. Mr. Ahenu Junior further advised the young people to abstain from pre-marital sex and urged those who cannot abstain to use contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies. He was emphatic that the education is not aimed at promoting abortion but to prevent unsafe abortions which results in death of many girls and women. Touching on the dangers on unsafe abortion, Mr. Ahanu Junior mentioned death, infertility and complications during delivery as some of the dangers associated with unsafe abortion. He equally mentioned religious beliefs, stigmatization and unprofessional attitude of some health personnel as some of the challenges facing the young girls in seeking safe abortion or family planning.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/news.developghana.com
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