The Tema Metropolitan Private Health Providers Association (TMPHPA), in partnership with the Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate, has organized an adolescent health development programme for students of Our Lady of Mercy Senior High School (OLAM) in Tema.
The programme was aimed at sensitizing the participants on the dangers of pre-marital sex and sexually-transmitted diseases.
The President of TMPHPA, Dr. T.K Caiquo, in an address said the cosmopolitan nature of the harbour city and the diverse social lives of the people made it more prone to sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) especially among the adolescents in the metropolis.
The vice president of TMPHPA, Dr. Nii Ayerh, in a presentation revealed that adolescents recorded staggering figures in STIs.
He said young males between the ages of 10 and 19 recorded seven cases in 2012 while in 2013 five cases were recorded, adding that the figure escalated to 15 in 2014.
The females between the same age ranges as the males, recorded 23 and 33 cases in 2012 and 2013 respectively and increases to 40 cases in 2014.
He said these figures represented those who had reported to the hospitals for treatment; others did not because they feared they would be stigmatized.
Dr. Ayerh said female adolescents were highly vulnerable to contract STIs and that they should not allow themselves to be preyed upon by irresponsible males.
Quoting from 1 Corinthians 6:18, he urged them to flee from sexual immorality. “Every other sin a person commits is outside the body but a sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”,
Dr. Ayerh therefore cautioned the students to refrain from sexual acts that would pose danger to their future.
He revealed that more than 20 types of STIs have been identified which included HIV/AIDS, chlamydiae, hepatitis Band C, gonorrhea, syphilis, chancroid, genital warts among others and can be spread through any type of sexual activity including mouth, sexual organs and fingers and hands.
Dr. Aryeh said factors such as exposure to sexual literature and advertisement, relaxed moral standard, peer pressure, maturity at earlier age and multiple sexual partners were responsible for the indiscriminate sex people engaged in
A member of TMPHPA, Dr. Kissi Dompreh Ofori, said though some of these STIs could be treated, abstinence was the best option.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah & Ken Afedzi, Tema.