Teenage Pregnancy Increases From 6 To 26% -Della Sowah

MRS. DELLA SOWAH, Deputy Minister of Children, Gender and Social protection, has expressed worry over the increase in Teenage Pregnancy in the country as shown by statistics in the latest health survey. According to her, the last statistics of health survey in 2014 revealed that teenage pregnancy in Ghana increased from 6% to 20%, with the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Volta regions registering increases of 6%, 12% and 22% respectively.

She said at the launching of a sensitization workshop on teenage pregnancy organized by the Ministry of Children Women and Social protection in Kumasi that the 12% record by Ashanti is high and worrisome which needs the attention of all stakeholders to address.

The Deputy Minister described the percentage increase as drastic and advised the young and adolescent girls who were participants to be ambassadors about how to prevent teenage pregnancy, while parents should also encourage their children to go to school.

Mrs. Sowah said  in other to the address the challenge, there was the need for parents to take interest in their children lives by sending them to school and also give them sex education, in order not to learn sex education from their peers or wrong places and people.

According to her children in schools are less likely to be pregnant in their teens and announced that the sensitization programme would be extended to the various districts, especially where teenage pregnancy is likely to increase.

Mrs. Faustina Osei Mensah, Principal Nursing Officer of the Public Health, also entreated all stakeholders, especially parents to take keen interest in their children and guide them through education and monitoring to ensure that they understand the dangers and effects of teenage pregnancy.

She indicated that, some of the causes of teenage pregnancy include poverty, peer pressure, poor parental care, Divorce, physiological changes, curiosity, media influence and sexual abuse.

Mrs. Osei Mensah also disclosed that, some of the negative effects that could result in the lives of the young girls include, school dropout, Abortion, Early motherhood, Streetism, death, Ectopic, damage of pelvic, baby suffer from underweight, bleeding, emotional stress and Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs)/AIDS which she said could be an impediment on the future of the young ones, especially the girl child.

From Ernest Best Anane, Kumasi


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