GThe Minister for Gender ,Children and Social Protection Hon. Nana Oye Lithur , made this pronouncement during the 5th National Reproductive Dialogue which was themed: “Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in Ghana”.
According to Nana Oye Lithur, infertility has become a serious health issue around the world which affects both women and men and therefore requires a unique medical attention.
“According to the 2014 Ghana Demographic Health survey 7 in 10 women who currently have no children (71 percent) are interested in having children at some point of time.
This shows the importance of child bearing in the Ghanaian society and also is an issue of global concern although the social implications are different”, she noted.
Global statistics estimate that the percentage of infertile couples ranges between 8 and 12 percent and between 50 and 80 million women are affected around the world.
A 2008 study indicated that the overall prevalence of infertility in Sub Saharan Africa ranged from 9 percent in Gambia, 11.8 percent in Ghana and 20 to 30 percent in Nigeria.
This she said, these statistics indicate that infertility has become a critical health issues at both the global and regional levels that must be addressed .
Adding that, providing quality reproductive health services to women, men and adolescents is an ongoing priority of the Government of Ghana . Government has taken bold steps to properly address reproductive health issues equally for women and men.
“ Some critical aspects of the Government’s strategy is to ensure women and men have access to equally health care including antenatal care , safe delivery and postnatal such as breastfeeding , access to family planning , prevention and management of unsafe and post abortion care, prevention and management of reproductive tract infections (RTIs), sexually transmitted infections( STI) and HIV/AIDS”, she cited.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is committed to working closely with all Government partners including Ministry of Health and the ART Industry for ensuring comprehensive and robust legislation and legal frameworks are developed to facilitate the smooth operations of the industry.
The 5th dialogue is aimed at initiating consultation to gain a deeper understanding of ARTs operations and what the emerging field means for productive health rights of women and men .
More so, it will enable Government and key stakeholders to understand how to effectively protect the vulnerable while enhancing the emerging field of health care.The 5th National Dialogue on ARTs was support by African Development Bank.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.Gh