Nearly one in three Ghanaians are between the ages of 10 and 24. Many of these young people are at risk or already struggling with the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including HIV/AIDS.
To minimize these risks and secure a healthy future for adolescents, the department of population and health in collaboration with the school of medical sciences all of the university of cape coast and the centre of excellence in reproductive health innovation university of Bennin, Nigeria has organised a two day workshop for policymakers, journalists, service providers and advocates aimed to explore the sexual and reproductive health need of young people in the country.
Participants were taken through topics on Socio demographic backgrounds of young people, concepts in sex and sexuality, legal dimensions and policies on sexual and reproductive health.
Speaking at the workshop, Professor Akwasi Kumi Kyeremeh with the department of population and health here at the university explained that, considering the youth percentage of the country’s population, it will be important that policy makers draw plans that will respond to their sexual needs.
He noted that defiance of this may have dire consequences on the country’s development.
On her part, a senior lecturer with the department of sociology and anthropology, Dr Georgina Yaa Oduro speaking on the concepts in sex and sexuality charged service providers to at all times be ready to assist the youth in all areas of their sexual needs irrespective of one’s sexual orientation.
She explained that the best way to curb the spread of sexually transmitted infections and reduce illegal abortions is to sensitize the youth on the dangers associated with unprotected sex without prejudicial sentiment towards ones orientation. To her reaching this goal was a concerted of all including parents and guardians.
Source: Kojo Dei /ATL FM News