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Ghana Has Made Considerable Progress In Reducing Childhood Mortality And Morbidity – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has said Ghana made considerable progress in reducing childhood mortality and morbidity, through effective national immunization campaigns and universal coverage of primary healthcare for all Ghanaians, particularly children.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly President urged the gathering to remember the words of the late Secretary-General of the United Nations, who, at the Special Session of the UN for Children in New York in May 2002, said, “history will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children”.

In 2018, infant mortality rate for Ghana was 34.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality rate of Ghana fell gradually from 120.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1969 to 34.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018.

President Akufo-Addo said world’s children are greatest treasure today and explained that beyond their protection, world leaders must invest in their development.

“When I stand before the children of Ghana and look into the eyes of Ghana’s future, Ghana’s tomorrow, I am reminded that I must work harder to guarantee that knowledge and well-being become the backbone of the modern, prosperous economy we are trying to construct,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said “We are committed to ending child marriage, and eradicating all forms of child labour, trafficking, and slave-like practices, in line with SDG 8. ‘Operation Get off the Street Now for a Better Life’ has been initiated, and the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring Information System (GCLMIS) has been re-activated”.

Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com 

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