C’River Youths Urged to Embrace Responsible Choices on World Contraception Day

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Cross River – As part of the 2023 World Contraception Day, the Commissioner for Health in Cross River State, Dr. Egbe Ayuk, has delivered a vital message to the youth. He emphasized the importance of preventing unwanted pregnancies and steering clear of harmful habits that could derail their future aspirations.

The event garnered appreciation from the Provost of the State College of Education, who was represented by Mrs. Oscar Ebam, the Dean of Students Affairs. She commended the State Ministry of Health for selecting the College of Education in Akamkpa as the venue for the 2023 World Contraception Day celebration, making it the first institution outside Calabar to host the event.

Mrs. Oscar Ebam urged students to seek proper guidance on matters related to sexuality and sex education to safeguard themselves from self-destructive tendencies and harm.

The State Ministry of Health organized the event in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and it witnessed the participation of students and staff from the institution.

According to the UNFPA, 257 million women who desire to avoid pregnancy do not have access to safe and modern contraception methods. Various factors contribute to this, including concerns about side effects and misconceptions about long-term impacts on fertility. Some women may face restrictions on contraception use imposed by their husbands, partners, or in-laws, while others might experience stigma associated with contraception use. Additionally, limited knowledge, access, and affordability also play a role.

The UNFPA report concludes that “universal access to contraception is crucial for achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality. It enables women and girls to choose their future rather than leaving it to chance.”

World Contraception Day, celebrated annually on September 26, aims to raise awareness about contraception and empower young people to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.