The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, yesterday launched the World Population Day (WPD) in Accra, to raise awareness on population issues.

Set aside by the United Nations, it highlights the problems of increasing population as well as raising awareness about the effects of over-population on the environment and planet.

It was globally held on the theme, “Putting the brakes on COVID-19: safeguarding the health of women and girls now.”

In a speech read on his behalf, Dr Bawumia expressed appreciation to the National Population Council (NPC) and its partners for making the event possible and working effectively to promote the well-being of women in the country.

According to the Vice President with the current global population of 7.8 billion and an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, Ghana and the world at large would need to prioritise population issues in order to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstance.

Referencing a study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), he revealed that 800 women globally die every day during the process of childbirth hinting that, if the lockdown continued for six months across the world with continued major disruption to healthcare and services, 47 million women in low and middle income countries might not have access to modern contraceptives to help minimise rapid growth of the world’s population.

This, he said, could lead to seven million unintended pregnancies as well as rise in gender based violence , female genital mutilation and child marriages and thus threaten the transformative results attained so far in raising the health conditions of women.