By Agbo Anthony Abakaliki
Rotary Club International has expressed worry at the high rate of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections in the country, especially among adolescents, saying it ranked among the highest globally. It identified lack of adequate knowledge on reproductive health by adolescents in the country as a major cause of the poor indices. The organization stated this during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi State, Daniel Ume
zuruike,Thursday in Abakaliki, the state capital. The Chairman of Rotary Club Abakaliki, Prof. Perpertus Ibekwe, in an opening remark said the organisation had vowed to fight the scourge in the country through advocacy and adolescents’ enlightenment project, adding that the organisation had approved a grant for the project through its global grants scheme. Ibekwe pointed out that Ebonyi and Osun States had been chosen as pilot states for the project in the country. “According to the National Demographic Health Survey, Nigeria‘s contraceptive prev
alence rate is still hovering between 14 to 16 percent. Unsafe abortion in Nigeria is still one of the highest in the world. There is still a high incidence of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in the country. Our youths know so much about the negative aspect of reproductive health and we intend to change that through this project”. Responding, Dr Umezuruike represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Chris Achi, promised the cooperation of the state government to ensure successful implementation of the project.