Procreation Population Council cautions Ghana over increasing child birth

According to the National Population Council (NPC), Ghana’s population which stands at 25 million now, is estimated to hit 60 million by 2050.

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Ghanaians have been advised to drastically slow down on procreation because national resources will not be able to contain the population in the next 35 years.

According to the National Population Council (NPC), Ghana’s population which stands at 25 million now, is estimated to hit 60 million by 2050.

The director of the Council Marian Kpakpa is warning more pressure will be on health and other social amenities in the next three decades if Ghanaians do not resort to contraceptives to avoid unplanned babies.

She said Ghanaians must come to the realisation that the land size of the country cannot be expanded and judging from the slow pace at which Ghana is developing, the future generation could face a lot of difficulties.

Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, Ms Kpakpa said the NPC will partner with other public agencies and the media to sensitise the public about the need to take family planning seriously.

“If we can increase the capacity of the land size and roads and create enough jobs then so be it, but we can’t change anything about our land size and our economy is growing and can’t do anything about it. So the choice is to slow down the rate at which we are growing,” Kpakpa counseled.

NPC data shows that the average Ghanaian woman wants to have a minimum of three children and a maximum of seven which puts the West African country in the category of one of the “fastest growing nations in the world.”

Credit: starrfmonline.com

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