Health Desk-- 25 November, 2018: Speakers at a round table Saturday said parents should openly discuss sexual and reproductive health with their adolescent children breaking the taboo and social stigma.
Sexual and reproductive health is so important that future health of all individual depends on how they practise it during adolescence, they said.
The daily Prothom Alo in association with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organised the roundtable titled “Reproductive health of urban adolescents” at the newspaper's office in the capital.
The speakers suggested that the government and non-government organisations should put emphasis on those adolescents living in slum areas, dropped out of schools and involved in work to increase reproductive health coverage in urban areas.
Many adolescents in the country do not have enough knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. Even, majority of those who have some knowledge do not know the correct information, Iqbal Hossain, an education specialist of UNICEF said.
Kanica Fardosh, an adolescent health expert of Save the Children, said children in slum areas and those who dropped out of school lag behind others in getting reproductive health services and advices and should get more emphasis.
Among others, MA Mannan, state minister for finance and planning, Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and Abdul Quayum, associate editor of Prothom Alo, spoke at the discussion.