Family Planning is not an imposition – Dr Karikari

The Western Regional Family Planning Week was launched in Takoradi on Friday with the call on the public to reject the notion that the practice is an imposition on Ghanaians.

Dr Kwaku Anin Karikari, Regional Deputy Director in charge of Public Health, said the Family Planning practice is aimed at encouraging people to raise manageable families that they can adequately accommodate.

He said reports from some communities suggested that Ghana Health Service was implementing an unfavourable practice on the people adding that this was however not true.

Dr Karikari said the Family Planning Week on the theme: “contraception, the right to information”, was observed periodically to create awareness on the need to remind people on the useful ways of practicing the method.

He said uncontrolled family leading to over population has the tendency to disrupt government budget, as funds have to be channelled into unplanned activities.

Dr Karikari said it was untrue the rumour that the practice of family planning could lead to barrenness or other forms of sicknesses and advised people to regularly visit the Family Planning Centers for expert advice.

Mr Ofosu Asante, Regional Director of National Population Council, said family planning required a concerted effort by all to manage and help bring relief to the family and the nation.

Mr Edwin Kumbatazei, Regional Health Promotion Officer, appealed to the public to make use of the Family Planning Centers, acquire useful knowledge and make informed choices and never take advice from lay people as that could result in health complications.

Source: GNA

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