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Stakeholders asked to adopt measures to attain SDGs

Oct. 14, 2015, midnight

By Yakubu Abdul-Jalil - Daily Graphic online

Stakeholders in the health sector have been urged to adopt transformative measures to stimulate the country’s efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those that relate to improving maternal and neonatal health by 2030.

According to the acting Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), Dr Dennia Gayle, two out of the 17 SDGs were related to Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH), and countries including Ghana, needed to work towards the achievement of these goals, since they could not attain them at the end of the period for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this year.

Speaking at the launch of the Civil Society MDGs Monitoring Report in Accra, Dr Gayle said, among others, the SDGs were aimed at attaining universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

The theme of the forum was: “Harnessing Lessons in MDGs and Domesticating the SDGs to Tackle the Unfinished Agenda of MDGs.”

Sustainable development, according to the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations, was development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

A statement released by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) says to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child and reflecting on the achievements of the past 15 years of the MDGs and planning towards the attainment of SDGs for the next 15 years, was an opportune time for the country to consider the importance of social, economic and political investment in the empowerment of adolescent girls.

 

Dr Gayle also said that the SDGs were a continuation of the MDGs which were adopted by the United Nations in 2000 to address global developmental challenges, adding that if the unfinished agenda of MDGs were not attained, the gains in poverty reduction and access to primary education could be eroded.

She said it is unfortunate that after 15 years of the MDGs, Ghana was still struggling to address maternal mortality issues, pointing out that there was the need for sustained efforts “to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people of all ages, and to achieve gender equality.”

To that effect, she called on civil societies to brainstorm and adopt pragmatic measures on how to achieve the demands of the SDGs because Ghana was not able to attain all the demands of the MDGs of 2000-2015.

 

For her part, the African Co-ordinator of Action 2015, Mrs Kyerewa Asamoah Sekpey, said for the SDGs to be successful, there was the need for collaboration between civil societies and the national statistical officers to ensure that there was accurate data for making progress toward achieving those goals.

Mrs Sekpey also called on the media to assist the government and civil societies in educating the public on their reproductive heath care.

The Programme Officer of the Family Health Division of Ghana Health Service, Mrs Gladys Brew, urged stakeholders to assist the government in constructing health posts in areas where clinics are not accessible.That, she believed, would help to reduce maternal mortality rates in the country.

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not neccesarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission(NDPC)  

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