Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, has called for stringent policies and interventions from stakeholders to help change the teen pregnancy situation in the region.
She said it was sad that the region was the third in terms of teen pregnancies in the country, needed the collaboration of all stakeholders to put resources and efforts together to change the narrative.
Mrs Assan made the call when she distributed sanitary pads to basic schoolgirls in four selected districts in the region.
Dubbed: “Operation one student two sanitary pads,” the project, which was organised in commemoration of the World Menstruation Day, aided the girls to manage their menstrual cycle hygienically.
The project is also to support the course of reducing teen pregnancies in the region.
Beneficiary districts were Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK), Mfantseman, Ekumfi, Gomoa Potsin and Awutu-Senya.
The Regional Minister said the phenomenon had become a national canker, but the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) was poised to bring up initiatives and policies to help girls resist the temptation of engaging in early sex.
Mrs Assan urged the girls not to allow themselves to be deceived by selfish men who take advantage of them due to circumstances.
She encouraged them to take up leadership roles and not allow anyone to underestimate their abilities and capabilities.
She also pledged the unflinching commitment of the RCC towards improving the lives of the people.
A class six pupil of the Methodist Primary School in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), expressed gratitude to the Minister for the kind donation.
She appealed to the Government to provide them with reusable sanitary pads to support the efforts of reducing teen pregnancies in the country.
She recounted how a man had been sleeping with her for money towards her needs, due to her inability to purchase sanitary pad and other basic items.
“I feel so happy and thankful to the Minister, but we will need more as time goes on,” she added.
Mrs Francisca Ama De-Graft, the Gomoa East District Director of Education, schooled the girls on the need to keep themselves clean and neat as teenagers.
She urged them to learn harder to help them reach their full potentials since they were the future generation of the country.
More than 3,500 basic school girls benefitted from the free sanitary pad project in the region.