Counsellors, Pastors causing major marital problems in Ghana

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Youth leaders and stakeholders at the dialogue session
Youth leaders and stakeholders at the dialogue session

Mr Richard Boadi Twum, a Detective at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) under the Ghana Police Service (GPS) has revealed that Counsellors and Pastors are the major cause of the rampant marital problems in the country.

He said before marriage, the advises, procedures and processes the couples go through in churches and others counselling rooms leads to breakups, misunderstanding, chaos among other.

Mr Twum therefore called on the Government and stakeholders to organise training for Counsellors and Pastors to help solve issues relating to marriage in the country.

He revealed this at a days dialogue session for youth leaders and stakeholders to discuss Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights(ASRH) Interventions and Impact at Elmina.

The Session was organised by the Central Regional Branch of the National Youth Authority (NYA) incollaboration with Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

” Many destroyed marriages are caused by Counsellors and pastors, they do not the couples on the real issues of marriage” he said

He noted that though women are most affected when it comes to Violence men too are many at times abused but due to society they keep mute over it.
Mr Twum called on Men to be bold to report incidences of abuse to the police to help perpertrators face the law.

Leave men to report domestic violence cases against them

Mr Emmanuel Anim Ofosu, Regional Director of NYA giving his welcoming address said the dialogue was designed for the youth leaders and stakeholders to discuss ASRH interventions and impact to enable his outfit draw a youth oriented programmes towards sensitising the youth.

The goal of the dialogue was to improve the knowledge of the youth about preventive health care and to assist them avoid practices such as engaging in early and irresponsible sexual activities and exposing themselves to Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

He noted that figures released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) showed that 301 girls gets pregnant every day whilst thirteen teenage pregnancies are recorded every hour with the lowest age of an impregnated girl being ten years.

He called on all to embark on aggressive education and organize campaign in schools to create awareness among the girls

Mr Ofosu Anim appealed to the Goverment, and stakeholders to join the camping to drive the message to the point where girls can say no to early sex.

Madam Florence Amoako, a Public Health Nurse at the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) Municipality stated the cases of teenage pregnancy recorded in the Municipality have seen a reduction .

In 2020 , the Municipality recorded 15.2 percent cases compared to 14.1 percent recorded last year.

She called on parents to educate their children home to support the fight against teenage pregnancy in the country

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