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11056 teenage pregnancies recorded in Brong-Ahafo

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Available statistics from the Brong-Ahafo Regional Health Directorate indicated that last year the directorate recorded 11056 teenage pregnancies as against 6214 in 2013. They aged between 15 and 19 year old and were those who reported at the antenatal at the various health facilities in the region.
the sources further revealed that 525 girls also ranged from 10 to 14 years got pregnant in 2014 as against 186 in 2013.

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teenage pregnancy

The CEO of Global Media Foundation, human rights and anti-corruption media advocacy organization, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who disclosed this said the situation is worrying and need urgent attention from all stakeholders.
He noted sex education and making condoms accessible to both girls and boys is the best way to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy in the country.

Mr. Ahenu Jr. was of the view that the Ghana Education Service policy of not promoting contraceptive usage such condom use in schools is the main contributory factor fueling teenage pregnancy in schools across the country
According to him, poor education on sexual health and reproductive health rights is wrecking the lives of many girls in Ghana.

“The nonexistence of a supportive system for pregnant girls encourages unsafe abortions, complications and deaths” making it difficult for the country to meet the MDG 5 which aim at reducing maternal deaths. .
The CEO noted that many girls and women after giving birth are not able to continue their education, saying “without encouraging teenage girls to get pregnant, he insisted that teenage pregnancy is not a crime and should not be a burden of the girl alone.

The Foundation with support from Safe Abortion Action Fund is currently implementing a three-year project aim at reducing unsafe abortion and teenage pregnancy in the Brong-Ahafo region.
The NGO has organized a series of community sensitization forums to intensify public education on sexual and reproductive health and rights among people in the region.

Source: Pat Aboagyewaa

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