Establish a Board of Directors for the Population Council – director

Mr Frank Ofosu-Asante

The Western Regional Director of the National Population Council, Mr. Frank Ofosu-Asante, has called for the establishment of a Board of Directors to give clear political direction to the activities of the Council.

He said that the Council would compel the Organization to fulfill its mandate.

Speaking to the GNA as the world marked Population Day, Mr Ofosu-Asante said prioritizing sexual rights and health (SRH) issues would make services more resilient to resist all pressures from the moment.
He said, “This is possible through political commitment, the promotion of universal access to SRH services and its integration into existing national strategies and programs.”

Achieving universal access to SRHR services, including family planning, information and education and their subsequent integration into national health strategies remained an option to be pursued.

He said the lack of a structured approach, inadequate health care financing, resource allocation, lack of political will and commitment have contributed to making SRH services a low priority.

World Population Day, which aimed to draw attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the United Nations Governing Council on July 11, 1987.

The overarching theme is “A World of 8 Billion; Towards a resilient future for all, harnessing opportunities and securing rights and choices. »

The national theme is “Putting Rights and Choices First: Harnessing Opportunities, the Path to a Resilient Future for All”.

The Regional Director said that the celebration would raise awareness about population and development and that in Ghana the celebration would be marked by a series of events organized by the National Population Council including a seminar, debate, play, workshop, symposium and public discussions.

Meanwhile, the United Nations predicts a world population of eight billion by the end of 2022 and 10 billion by 2057.

Mr Ofosu-Asante said the figure presented both opportunities and challenges, given the 2021 population and housing census, which showed Ghana’s population to be 30.8 million.

According to some projections, Ghana’s population could reach 37.8 million in 2030 and 52.1 million by 2050 if the growth rate of 2.1 remains unchanged.

Mr. Ofosu-Asante said that accurate estimates of population trends and forecasts of height, age, gender and geographical location were necessary for planning, policy formulation and implementation, adding that the Ghana had made significant progress since the concept of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) was defined and promoted at the ICPD in Cairo (1994).
It aims to intensify actions to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The director said that “effective SRH services go beyond prevention, promotion and treatment as they address cross-cutting issues across all ages and genders…they represent a gateway to the system health, women have the opportunity to be screened for malaria, HIV, cervical and breast cancer apart from seeking support for gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual assault.

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