A/R – GHS calls for Media support to reduce high incidence of Teenage Pregnancy

The Ghana Health Service has called on the media and stakeholders to help address the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the Ashanti region.

According to figures released by the health service, over Eighteen thousand four hundred minors got pregnant in the Ashanti region in the year 2016.

It is however a marginal drop in the figures of 2015 which saw nineteen thousand four hundred young girls getting pregnant in the region.

The figures and the call came to light at the quarterly media briefing of the Ashanti regional directorate of the Ghana Health Service on Adolescent sexual reproductive health which was organized under the theme, “preventing teenage pregnancies a shared responsibility.”

Disclosing the figures, the Ashanti regional director of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah indicated that the service recorded the high figures despite initiatives rolled out to reduce the trend.

“Although a lot has been done to reach adolescents with appropriate information and to create unimpeded access to youth friendly services, the adolescents continue to be burdened and threatened to their sexual reproductive health as compared to us the adults.

“You all will agree with me that an adolescent is suppose to be busy going to school and learning some trade of some sort and not making babies,” Dr. Nang-Beifubah lamented.

Deputy Ashanti regional health director in charge of public health Dr Awudzie Yeboah also revealed damning figures of over two thousand of these underage girls as young as thirteen years going through abortions to terminate their pregnancies.

He pointed out that, ”These are the ones who even had the boldness to do abortions in our health facilities but you and I know that if  we had two thousand who did abortions in our facilities, you can be sure that those who did the abortions in general will be about five thousand,”

Head of nursing at the Health Service Esi Anafo however outlined some interventions the Ashanti regional directorate is implementing to stem the tide.

She told Ultimate News, her outfit had instituted school clubs, Adolescent Corners in hospitals and other interventions with queen mothers in rural areas to educate and control young girls from getting pregnant.

Journalist present, pledged their resolve to join the campaign against teenage pregnancy and its attendant complications through their media platforms.

source:Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Korshie Heathcote – Fumador