MARSHALL. PIA ILOILO City – The Commission on Population (POPCOM) urged couples in Western Visayas to avail themselves family planning commodities at their health centers.“Married couples can approach their nearest health centers to avail themselves the family planning commodities they are most suited with, may it be a temporary, permanent, or natural modern scientific method,” POPCOM-6 director Harold Alfred Marshall said on May 23. The local government units (LGUs), meanwhile, have already been asked to include in their budgets the provision of family commodities for the locals.“They can allocate budget for provision or procurement of family planning methods and they can actually really reach out to women and couples who need help,” Marshall said. According to Marshall, this region’s population rose to 14, 408 in a two-month period, citing the 2010 and 2015 census. “Ten percent of the adolescents in this region are considered mothers or have already given birth, while 15.1 percent have begun childbearing. Hopefully, this will not increase because of the lockdown,” he said.Citing the national demographic health survey, Marshall added that those who are most likely to bear more children are from the lower wealth quintile, while couples with zero to little education can bear an average of four children. The agency is projecting a rise in this region’s population by 28, 816 due to the two-month community quarantine brought by the coronavirus disease. “That is for two months projection only starting March 16,” he added. Despite the community quarantine, teenagers can also find ways to meet up – posing another challenge to teenage pregnancies.Marshall said 1.5 million of the present 7.4 million population of this region are composed of adolescents from 15 to 19 years old. He added that local government units can also distribute family planning commodities among households during the community quarantine.(With a report from PNA/PN)
GFA executive council member and former CEO of Ashanti Gold Fredrick Acheampong has acknowledged the Asante Kotoko Chief Executive position as one of the most prestigious on the continent.The Kumasi-based club are currently in the hunt for a Chief Executive Officer following the end of the George Amoako led regime.Acheampong has been reported to be among a pool of candidates the club is looking at to fill the position but he remained evasive when asked about his interest in the job.“Speculations will always be made but I prefer not to say anything.“The position itself is one of the biggest on the African continent and not just in Ghana alone,” he told Citi Sports.Kotoko are keen to restructure their club in the wake of their recent shortcomings and as part of the process have put in place a new board that have been tasked to form a management committee.
Hearts coach Hebert Addo has blamed his players for their defeat on Sunday after Inter Allies pipped his side 2-1.The win was gifted, he reckons, as Hearts dropped three vital points at the Tema Stadium in the First Capital Plus Premier L.Ropapa Mensah opened scoring for Inter Allies before Hearts equalized through Isaac Oduro’s free kick.It looked like the match was heading for a stalemate until Goeckel Ahotor put Inter Allies ahead with a fine shot which goalkeeper Tetteh Luggard couldn’t save.“Personally I feel very bad not that we lost but the way we lost, if you watched the mach carefully we were playing the Father Christmas today,” he told Joy Sports afterwards. “Look at the first goal, total confusion between our goalkeeper and central defender they gave in an easy goal. The results means Hearts have dropped into the relegation zone as they slipped to 14th place on the table. “It was a fantastic game but at the end Inter Allies were much hungrier and in the end we allowed them to score a goal in the last minute which should never had happened.”The Phobians were hoping to use the game as preparatory game for their African Confederation Cup second leg tie against Senegalese side Olympique de Ngor but the results could demoralized the team.FCPPL MATCHDAY 12 RESULTSAsante Kotoko 1-0 Liberty Professionals Scorer: Ahmed Toure New Edubiase United 2-0 Bechem UnitedScorers: Lamine Nasir, Fuseini Nuhu Great Olympics 1-0 Wa All StarsScorer: Agbashie Dotse– Hasaacas 3-1 WAFA SCScorers: Ibrahim Suleman, Daniel Egyin (pen), Frederick Quayson; Zakaria Mumuni Aduana Stars 2-1 Berekum ChelseaScorers: Richard Arhin – *2; Samuel Kyere Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts of OakScorers: Ropapa Mensah, Gockel Ahortor; Isaac Oduro B.A. United 1-0 Ashanti GoldScorer: Selorm Geraldo Heart of Lions 1-0 Medeama SCScorer: Osman Sackey