A new survey released here on Wednesday has revealed mixed results in the developmental progress of Ghana, according to Ghana Statistical Service.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) which produces information on 33 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators, revealed that the country still faced a substantial challenge in sanitation and reproductive rights of young females.
While one in every five people (20 percent) still practiced open defecation in the West African country, one out of every five young women (20 percent) aged between 20 and 24 years was married before the age of 18.
“In addition, 94 percent of children aged one to 14 years have experienced violent discipline in Ghana,” the report stated.
The MICS data on health and childbirth, shows that nearly one in every five children under the age of five years is stunted.
However, there is a positive sign in antenatal care as eight in every 10 pregnant women are attended to by skilled personnel during childbirth.
“Because of the robustness of MICS and the level of disaggregation, the statistics are invaluable feedback for targeted policy solutions to address the challenges that have been identified,” Baah Wadieh, Acting Government Statistician noted.
“While more girls than boys live to celebrate their first birthday (39 and 42 deaths per 1000 live births respectively), more boys live to celebrate their fifth birthday than girls (54 and 58 deaths per 1000 live births),” the report added.
The Ghana MICS was conducted in 2017/2018 by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MoSWR), Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP).
“Together, all actors need to support policies, program and initiatives that make a positive difference for the most vulnerable families, towards a more equitable Ghana,” Anne-Claire Dufay, UNICEF Representative in Ghana commented in a joint press release issued by UNICEF and Ghana Statistical Service.
She observed that while some encouraging findings have emerged from the MICS, it has also shed light on the disparities in progress and opportunities for households across the country. Enditem