A Public Health Nurse has appealed to women to use family planning methods to reduce maternal deaths.
Mrs Charlotte Kesewa Adu- Gyamfi, who works at the Sunyani West District Health Directorate, said family planning could help reduce unwanted pregnancies, unplanned births, maternal death and abortions.
She was addressing 30 participants at the end of a three- day training workshop on contraceptives and family planning methods available and their usage at Odumase.
Mrs Adu- Gyamfi urged parents and girls who are sexually active to visit health centres for advice on family planning and refrain from rumours and myths surrounding family planning.
She said there were long term and short term family planning methods and explained that the short term methods included the use of condoms, pills and injections while the long term methods were implant which could last for seven years and IUD which could last for 12 years.
Mrs Adu-Gyamfi urged men to encourage their partners to use the female condom which would not only prevent unwanted pregnancies but Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well.
She said between January to June, 370 girls aged between10 to 14years registered for family planning, 109 delivered, seven abortions and five pregnancies. Some 261 pregnancies, 109 deliveries and two abortions were recorded for girls between 15 to 19 years.
Mrs Adu-Gymafi said 171 men accompanied their partners to deliver at the health centres, 96 ante- natal visits, 34 for weighing, 23 family planning and 19 post- natal visits.
Mr Ofori Asante, Brong- Ahafo Regional Director, Registry of Births and Deaths, said registration of births and deaths was compulsory throughout the country. GNA