Unplanned family gives birth to unplanned country - MP

| Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 9:38am



The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Okoe Boye Bernard has proclaimed that, a family that is not planned gives birth to a country that looks unplanned.

He stressed, “If the population size is accidental based on the charity of nature, then our economies would struggle to support a population size borne out of spontaneity rather than careful orchestration,” adding that, “socio-economic progress is not the only identifiable benefit of family planning.”

In a statement to mark World Population Day on Wednesday, July 11 on the Floor of Parliament, the MP made that point that, family planning patronage would reduce maternal deaths, infant mortality, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

The more families that resort to family planning, the greater the wellbeing of women and children, he observed.

Dr. Okoe Boye noted that the “Planned families ensure good health and children that are properly spaced are at a greater chance of receiving quality education. Women that exercise the right of planning their family are a true demonstration of the demand of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5)”.

He however, offered some ways by which a family can prevent pregnancy which includes the Barrier Methods: usage of male condom and the female condom.

The MP further revealed “the hormonal methods that involve the taking of pills and injections that introduce hormones into the female body and ultimately help prevent the establishment of pregnancy.”

Also in use by many is the natural method which includes the withdrawal method (in which the man comes out before ejaculation). Another popular but unreliable method is the avoidance of sexual intercourse at times of the month where the female is likely to ovulate or to have ovulated.

The method is called the calendar method referring to the use of calendar to identify dates of ovulation and safe days where fertilization is unlikely.

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

2018 theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right.

The conference’s outcome document, known as the Teheran Proclamation, stated unequivocally: “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”

Embedded in this legislative language was a game-changing realization: Women and girls have the right to avoid the exhaustion, depletion and danger of too many pregnancies, too close together. Men and women have the right to choose when and how often to embrace parenthood — if at all. Every individual has the human right to determine the direction and scope of his or her future in this fundamental way.

The MPs who contributed to the statement were with the views that, family planning is key to development, growth that culminate into healthy nation.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with the Acting Government Statistician of the Statistical Service (GSS), Baah Wadieh, has received that the mid-year population as of June, 2018 estimated at 29.6 Million Ghanaians.

Story by Edzorna Francis Mensah