Teenage pregnancy increases in Greater Accra

Mrs Diana Bona,(inset) Focal Person of the Adolecent Health,Greater Accra Directorate of the Ghana Health Service addressing the participants. Photo Anita Nyarko-YirenkyiA total of 10,411 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Greater Accra Region last year as against 10,510 the previous year.

They were between the ages of 10 and 19 years.

The Focal Person of Adolescent Health at the Greater Accra Directorate of the Ghana Health Services, Mrs Diana Bona revealed this at a sensitisation workshop on teenage pregnancy in Accra yesterday.

The programme aimed at educating the youth on sexual and reproductive health rights and also give the participants a platform to discuss the issue and find ways of addressing the problem in the country.

Organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the African Development Bank, it was attended by traditional rulers, students from senior high schools and junior high schools in Accra and other stakeholders.

Mrs Bona said there was a reduction in reported cases as a result of sensitisation  and the establishment of adolescent health clubs in schools to educate them on the dangers of teenage pregnancies in the country.

xxxxShe stated that some of the causes of teenage pregnancies were as a result of customs and traditions leading to marriage, peer pressure, poverty, lack of sex education, and exposure to abuse among others.

Mrs Bona noted that such menace resulted in school drop out, depression, poverty, becoming a victim of abuse and eventually becoming a teenage parent.

She stressed the need to give children sex education and also target the boys, get stakeholders involved and make condoms available among others.

The acting Director of Human Trafficking at the Ministry, Ms Victoria Natsu in her remarks said the ministry was in the process of developing an in-depth assessment of teenage pregnancies in Ghana to develop a long-term strategic plan that sets out an intervention strategy to address the issue.

She said research had shown that teenage pregnancies have become a serious health and human right concern which needs to be addressed.

According to her, research had revealed that females in Ghana represent 51.2 per cent of the entire population with adolescent representing 22.4 per cent of the total population.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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