Madam Elizabeth Korpi, Zabzugu District Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has
noted that the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of the youth should be a
national priority to protect their future.
country had entered the golden age, where about 45 per cent of the
people range from 10 to 30.
Madam Korpi, who made the observation during the district
observation of the 2015 edition of International Youth Day at
celebration at Zabzugu in the Northern Region, said: ?We need to
ensure that the SRH needs of the young people are highly
She said without such measures the youth could become
vulnerable to high-risk behaviour and ill-health out-comes likes
unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, HIV,
sexual abuse and gender based violence.
The day, which was organised by the district assembly, in
collaboration with GHS and National Youth Authority, was on the
theme: ?Youth Civic Engagement.?
It brought together students, identifiable youth groups, heads
of department and representatives from the religious bodies,
traditional authorities as well as the district assembly.
Madam Korpi charged policy formulators and implementers to
ensure the effective implementation of policies targeted at the
youth at the district levels.
She called for capacities to be built to ensure the effective
handling of SRH issues among students.
Mr Issifu Alidu Laa-Bandow, District Chief Executive, in a
speech read on his behalf, said when young people are disconnected
from policy makers, it results in moral decadence.
?The state will in turn be forced to use its resources to deal
with the related issues that may come with it, which are totally
preventable,? he added.
He urged the youth to take advantage of the various
opportunities being provided by government, to develop themselves,
which includes heavy investment in the areas of education, health
care and entrepreneurship.
Mr Philip Alhassan, District Director of Education, in a speech
read on his behalf, highlighted some negative life styles that he
said are regrettably acquired by some young people when they attain
These, he said include: wrongful application of information
communication technology, examination malpractices and teenage
Mr Alhassan suggested the need for mentorship, obedience and
upholding to high moral standards to help the young generation to
become the future leaders that could take Ghana to the next level.
Mr Mohammed Salahudeen, District Development Planning Officer,
asked the youth to equip themselves with vital and useful
information which would make them better persons.