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More education on reproductive health – Research

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A report on a research work conducted on people’s knowledge and attitude about women’s access to reproductive health services especially Comprehensive Abortion Care in the Upper East region has revealed that men in Builsa and Talensi have a negative perception about abortion.

The research which was conducted by the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) in partnership with IPAS Ghana, Ghana Health Service (GHS) and NORSAAC also revealed that although women in Talensi and Builsa are strong willed, they lack the self-efficacy to be able to access abortion services when they need it.

Speaking to a1radioonline.com on the sidelines of an event to launch the research work, Mr. Dominic Anaseba, a Senior Research Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Center said although some of the indicators did not increase significantly, they could see some marginal increases in some of the findings like access to abortion services, attitude towards abortion services, community participation on reproductive health programmes adding that this was an improvement upon the previous performance of the Talensi and Builsa District.

“I am very confident that unsafe abortion is actually going down in both Talensi and Builsa districts, because over 90% of the women are in acceptance that when they have a problem, the right place to visit is the public health facility, and that is a typical example that people now know where to go for their services,” a researcher with IPAS, Dr. Samuel Kojo Antobam mentioned, indicating that they have made inroads in exposing the people to Comprehensive Abortion Care.

He, however, was unhappy with the distaste for long-term family planning methods by people in the Upper East region and therefore indicated that there is the need for more education.

By: Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen/a1radioonline.com/Ghana


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