Stop stigmatizing women without children-Fertility specialists pleads

The Fertility Society of Ghana (FSG) has given a strong indication that it will soon come out with a law on infertility issues in the country.

The society said it is collaborating with the relevant bodies such as the ministry of health, the Christian Council and the National Chief Imam's Office to promulgate the law.

The law will among other things look into surrogacy and other related issues in infertility among women and men. The society expressed the hope that when there is a law, it will compel fertility health centers to provide accurate figures for more coordinated form in the sector which they believe can lead to more support on fertility issues.

Answering questions from about 70 journalists in Ghana at the Merck Foundation health training in Accra, the President of Fertility Society of Ghana, Dr Edem Hiadzi expressed worry about the lack of accurate data in the sector.

The training was under the auspices of Merck Foundation in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the office of First Lady of Ghana.

Dr Edem Hiadzi who is a fertility specialist at the Lister Hospital in Accra said, Ghana currently is dealing with extrapolations rather than a true data of fertility cases and that it is embarrassing during international conferences when countries are presenting situational reports based on data but Ghana cannot.

The training was to equip journalists with the necessary knowledge on fertility issues in Ghana and also to enable them raise public awareness about the medical condition which experts say are the major cause of marital disharmony.

According to the fertility specialists, infections are the main causes of infertility in Africa and therefore stressed the need for stakeholders to focus on educating the public on Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Dr. Hiadzi also called on government to provide effective maternal care to help reduce infertility prevalent rate in Ghana.

He advised couples who experience infertility in their marriage to seek professional advice from qualified medical doctors. “Seek early medical on infertility issues rather than resorting to prayer camps," Dr. Hiadzi said.

He pleaded with Ghanaian society to stop stigmatizing women who have been married for years and still do not have children.
Why does the same society equally blame the man, the fertility specialist quizzed. He also cautioned couples to be faithful to each and desist from messing around with men or women whose health status they don’t know.

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