15% of men aged 15-49 had sex with more than one partner in the last 12 month – Survey

Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has revealed after a survey conducted that, over 50% of pregnant women in Ghana are anaemic as to compare to 40% of women who are not pregnant.According to the 2022 demographic and health survey, children aged 6-59 months were eligible for anaemia test in various households. This shows that anaemia is dorminant in the Northern part of the country, with 69% and 35% in Ahafo.The survey revealed that, anaemia prevalence among children had declined from a high of 78% in 2008.The analysis made on Caesarean operations shows that, deliveries were more common in urban areas by 27% compared to 15% in rural areas.According to the survey, most women delivered their babies through Caesarean operation.2% of women aged 15-49 had sex with more than one partner in the year before the survey on HIV.Some women summing up to 12% percentage-wise, reported that they used a condom during their last sexual intercourse.Again, the revelation from the survey indicated that, men aged 15-49 had sex with more than a partner in a year.18% of the men used a condom during their last sexual intercourse.The Deputy Director of Reproductive and Child Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr. Chris Opoku Fofie, said the survey will provide timely information to the authorities and develop comprehensive policies to address any anomalies.He affirmed that, anaemia has been the major problem with pregnant women and it can lead to increased maternal mortality rate and poor birth results.He appealed to the government to look into health matters and provide the needed education to the public on preventive measures.The Director General of Ghana Aids Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, also pleaded with the government to implement policies to address HIV/AIDS.This is the 7th survey conducted in the country since 1998, to provide data on population and health situation in the country.GSS in collaboration with USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank and the Global Fund made the survey possible.

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