The Executive Director of the National Population Council (NPC), Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah has advised the youth to plan for their children before giving birth.
In an exclusive interview with Nyansa Kyeame Yaw Boadi on Accra-based Hot 93.9 fm, she mentioned that unplanned childbirth leads to irresponsibility on the part of parents and as such, these children become inconveniences in their families, communities, and the country at large.
According to her, unplanned childbirth could result in crimes and poverty problems in the country. She again stressed the issue of the failure of the youth to plan before childbirth had resulted in immeasurable teenage pregnancies as teen mothers fail to train their wards properly, hence, there is a generational repetition of their misapprehension.
Dr Leticia doubling as a Senior Public Health specialist added that teenagers especially those under age 18 are prone to having health implications if they over-birth since they do not have a healthy and strong body system to carry babies. The esteemed Ghanaian physician, therefore, advises the youth to adopt the birth control method, which is Family Planning if they know they are incapable of caring for their wards.
The NPC is an institution that raises awareness of population and development issues including reproductive health to mobilise support and resources for the implementation of programmes in the country.