A call has been made to Ghanaian parents to take good care of their young girls in order to prevent them from engaging in early sex that could sometimes land them in early pregnancy.
A member of the Biology Students’ Association (BioSA) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Ms Sauliha Alli, made the foregoing call when she was addressing participants at a health education seminar at Doryumu, a farming community in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.
The event—which was independently organised by Sauliha Alli and the Head of Training at Artisans Association of Ghana, Ms Esther Naa Ankra, came off on Sunday, August 4, 2019. It was attended by over 400 residents of Doryumu community of which 250 were estimated to be adults.
The event aimed at sensitising the residents on reproductive health and personal hygiene.
Poor sanitation practices, including open urination and defecation, were also widespread in the area.
Health education in that regard was also provided to residents on proper hand washing using the Veronica bucket and soap.
Community health nurses from the Ghana Health Service at Doryumu also provided education on the importance of delaying sexual relations and the various family planning options available to couples.
There was also a live demonstration on the use of male and female condoms by the President of SWAA, Madam Gloria Ama Dei Tutu, who emphasised the need to use condom since it could offer appropriate protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
According to Ms Alli, who is a candidate of University of Toronto Scarborough, the Doryumu community was medically underserved, culminating in an alarming rate of teenage pregnancies and child marriages.
She made reference to a survey conducted by the Women in Law and Development (WiLDAF) in 2018 where it came to light that 60% of young men and women in the community were engaged in some form of child marriage.
“When Ms Esther Naa Ankrah invited me to visit the Doryumu community in June, I was surprised by the number of young single mothers I met. I knew that we needed to hold a forum to address reproductive health issues in the community and provide education to families,” Ms Saulha noted.
Surprisingly, she revealed that when her outfit wrote letters to organisations and government agencies, no assistance came from them let alone responding to the letters.
Against that backdrop, she indicated that she called for some funds to be mobilised from her country which received huge patronage.
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