U/W: Call for 3 children limit for couples apt - NPC Director

| Updated Aug 06, 2018 at 7:43am



The National Population Council, (NPC) has reiterated its commitment towards sensitizing Ghanaians to the need to have a maximum of three children.

This, the council said will help government plan adequately and put the country’s limited resources to judicious use.

The Upper West Regional Director of the NPC Abu Salifu said recent comments by the Executive Director of the NPC, Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah for Ghanaians to limit their children to three is apt and devoid of personal sentiment.

He said the comments were formed on the back of the 1994 Revised National Population Policy which indicates that by 2020 the national fertility rate should be three.

“If you look at the 1994 Revised National Population Policy, it is clearly stated as a target that by 2020, we should have a total fertility of three. We are assuming that by 2020, which is two years from now, each woman of reproductive age, if you count the number of children available, it should be three. So you see she’s is not the one saying it, she is just saying what is in the policy that we are not looking at seriously,” he explained.

Mr. Salifu was speaking at a Post World Population Day at Biihee in the Upper West Region.

The World Population Day is an annual event established by the Governing Council of the United Nation’s Development Programme to raise awareness on global population issues.

The 2018 Post World Population Day at Biihee was held under the agenda, “Family planning is a Human Right, An imperative to Sustainable Development.”

The Upper West Regional Director of the NPC Abu Salifu said although the Upper West Regions remains the poorest, it has the second highest fertility rate of 5.2 percent after the Northern Region. This translates to about five to seven children per woman.

“The three regions of the North which remain the poorest in the country also have the highest average number of bithrs to a woman over her reproductive years,” he said.

He added that “the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regiona have Total Fertility Rates (TFRs) of 6.6, 4.9 and 5.2 respectively.”

In a speech read on his behalf, the MCE for Wa Municipal Issahaku Moomin Tahiru lamented about the outcomes of the high fertility rate on economy of the Upper West Region.

He encouraged the use of family planning among the people of the region.

“High fertility rate in most of our communities are characterized by early marriages and teenage pregnancies... The outcome of these include poverty, maternal and child mortality, partly and largely due to social and cultural influences that limit women’s autonomy to make the right choices for family planning,” he said.

He added that “Access to family planning services is a human right issue and it is a way of achieving sustainable development in the country which fits into the government agenda of Ghana Beyond Aid.”

The Chief of Biihee Naa Natasung Jafar Pelpuo called for more education from the NPC to enable his people fully understand the need for family planning.

The 2018 Post World Population Day programme was attended by traditional leaders, staff on the Ghana Health Service and the people of Biihee.