Population Council wants gov’t to limit number of children to three

The Executive Director of the National Population Council, Leticia Adelaide Appiah said a regulation to limit childbirth will ensure there is a quality human resource in the country.

Executive Director of the National Population Council; Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah.

She said this will ensure there is a quality human resource in the country.

“The way forward is to have a population policy implemented, the growth rate should be reduced and we have to talk about the quality of life.”

Appiah explained that in the last 30 years, Ghana has maintained an astronomical growth rate of 2.5; comparative to the global average of 1.5.

She added that this is affecting the country’s economy negatively.

She cautioned that if this trend continues, the quality of life in the country will decline. She said this will leave very few people with the needed technical know-how of addressing various challenges in the country.

Population experts have in recent times are concerned about Ghana’s fast population growth.

The 2016 Population and Housing Census pegged Ghana’s total population at 28.21 million while a United Nations estimates it to be 28.73 million as of August 20, 2017.

China has adopted a major policy to its major population challenge in order to restrict childbirth.

In 1979, the country started the “one child per family policy”. This stated that citizens must obtain a birth certificate before the birth of their children.

A state government in India has instituted a policy to offer newlyweds a cash grant of 5000 rupees or $106 to wait two years to have their first child.

Other states have also made laws where having more than two children is a disqualification from holding public office.

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