Tumu (U/W), May 2, GNA – Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has blamed the increasing number of unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions on lack of access to family planning and safe abortion services in the country.
The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has therefore appealed to government to legalize safe abortion and broaden the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover family planning services to make such services available and easily accessible to all across the country.
Mr. Moses Dramani Luri, the Executive Director of SILDEP, made the appeal in a statement to congratulate Ghanaian workers for their commitment and effortless contribution to the development of mother Ghana.
The statement said such services would curtail the increasing number of unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions that were claiming lives of many including teenagers who could not afford the cost of family planning services in the country.
It noted that while SILDEP was happy with efforts by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to curb maternal deaths in the country, the situation was still worrying as two pregnant women from Sissala East and Sissala West District lost their lives in the last two months.
The statement therefore called on all stakeholders to partner government and the GHS to educate women on issues that could cause maternal deaths.
The statement said SILDEP was ready to work with all stakeholders towards addressing the challenges to create a better society for all.GNA