Shun Unsafe Abortions, Adolescent Girls Advised

Adolescent girls have been cautioned to desist from engaging in unsafe abortions which often led to irreversible health complications and sometimes death.

Ms Faustina Osei Prempeh, Programme Manager for Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG), a child right group, said girls needed to place value on themselves and make right decisions when building healthy relationships.

Speaking at a health fair to in Axim in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region, she counseled the adolescent girls to accept family planning services to prevent unplanned and unintended pregnancies.

The event sought to educate the 51 adolescent girls who participated on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and issues of abortion.

It was organized by RRIG and the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) project, funded by the UNFPA.

Ms Prempeh added that emergency contraceptives should not be used as a long term contraceptive, saying, it was required to be used twice in a year.

“It is also essential for the girls to visit adolescent friendly centres in the CHPs compounds as well as the Axim Hospital for more Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) information and services,” she said.

She appealed to parents and guardian to protect the girls especially those with disabilities from sexual violence through which one could easily contract HIV/AIDS.