Emergency contraceptives is a threat to life


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Francis Duku-Boateng, GNA

Koforidua, March 15,
GNA-The Youth Action Movement (YAM), a youth wing of the Planned Parenthood
Association of Ghana (PPAG), a non-governmental organization that focus on reproductive
health has advised the youth against taking emergency contraceptives more than
twice in a year.

Speaking at a meeting
of the Koforidua branch of YAM in Koforidua, the branch secretary, Ms Evelyn
Sosu said, taking the emergency contraceptive more that twice in a year could
lead to health hazards including extra bleeding.

Ms Sosu said research
has shown that about 60 per cent of young girls from ages 10 to 24 takes about
18 times emergency contraceptives in a year.

She said some ladies
are keeping large quantities of the emergency contraceptives and as a result
engage in unprotected sex and take them after every sexual act.

Ms Sosu explained that
such practice is dangerous and could affect the health of young ladies who
engage in such acts.

Ms Sosu said according
to medical officers, emergency contraceptives should be taken maximum twice a

She said YAM will
utilize several strategies including focus group discussions, social media
campaigns to reach out to their peers with this valuable information to address
the abuse of the emergency contraceptives.

She called on n the
youth to join YAM to acquire the skills and knowledge on Sexual, Reproductive
Health and Rights (SRH&R) to facilitate debates and discussions among
various stakeholders as well as mentor and coach young people.

At the end of the
meeting, Ms Sosu was elected as the new YAM chairperson for the branch, Mr
Stephen Okyere Koranteng as secretary and Ms Jenifer Salia as treasurer.


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