Be proactive on systems to check unsafe abortion – MoH Urged
The Executive Director of Global Hand on Environmental Care, Richard Kuunaa, has called on the Ministry of Health to be proactive and build strong systems to check unsafe Abortion to reduce maternal deaths.
He was speaking at an Advocacy Training on Safe Abortion for selected Girls and Women in the Atebubu-Amaten Municipality of Bono-Ahafo.
The program was organised by Global Hand on Environmental (GHANE) Care, an NGO, which is partnering Mannion Daniel Limited, with support from Amplify Change of the UK to implement a Safe Abortion Module in Ghana.
The main objective is to reduce maternal deaths and increase access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. The first phase of the Project ended last year and has been renewed for another year.
Among others it would see the training of 80 young Women as Community Based Safe Abortion Advocates in Atebubu-Amanten in Bono-Ahafo and Jirapa in the Upper West Region. Addressing the opening session, the Executive Director of GHANECARE, Richard Kuunaah noted that although unsafe abortion is a worldwide challenge, Ghana and other sub Saharan Countries are worst affected.
Delivering a Paper on “Access to Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Ghana Law”, the Atebubu Amanten Municipal Director of Health Services, Jacob Munupka, urged Parents to monitor the movements of the Girl Child to help prevent premature pregnancy.
He also urged Adolescents to make use of the Adolescent Health Corners provided in some Districts for various Reproductive Health Services and advice.
Participants were also taken through; Safe Abortion and Cultural Norms and Basic Advocacy Skills on Safe Abortion.
Global Hand on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECARE) was established as an NGO in 2012 Its main focus is on protection of women and girls.