The Acting Central Regional Director of Health, Dr. Stephen Anyomi has disclosed that teachers at the Primary and Secondary School levels are responsible for 5.9% of adolescent pregnancies within the region.
According to him, teachers are the worst culprits when it comes to professionals impregnating teenagers.
Dr. Anyomi who made this revelation during the opening ceremony for the service’s annual review currently underway in the University of Cape Coast (UCC) said though there have been a slight decline in the number of recorded cases of teenage pregnancies, the region’s current standing in ratings of the menace is still alarming.
Giving details of a survey by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Regional Desk of the Department of Gender between July- December, 2016 on who were responsible for the high levels of teenage pregnancies recorded in the region, Dr. Anyomi described the preliminary findings of the survey as interesting.
“Some nine hundred and eighty six small scale farmers representing 19.6%, drivers contributed 13.2% and small scale miners had 7.8%. The rest include the unemployed who stood at 6.9% with primary and secondary school teachers claiming 5.9% of teenage pregnancies within the region”, he said.
According to him, there was a strong need for change in sexual behaviour in the region as high cases of HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy continue to be recorded.
Ultimate news’ Baah Acheamfuor reported that he noted that though the service was ready to step up public education, individuals within the region need to change.
According to the 2014 bio-demographic and health survey findings, he noted that among men in Ghana, men within the region were the most likely to have had multiple sexual partners in the twelve months preceding the survey.
He explained that women in the region were the second most likely to have had sexual intercourse with two or more sexual partners within the same period.