Western Region records high teenage pregnancy cases

The 2010 Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) annual report has revealed chilling statistics about teenage pregnancies in the Western Region.

A Deputy Director of Nursing Services (Public Health), Ms Dora Kyeiwaa, said on Thursday that 14,445 out the 33,637 pregnancies recorded in the Region were teenage pregnacies.

She was speaking at an Editors’ soiree organized by the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health at West Fijai, near Takoradi.

The soiree was under the theme, “Sexual Reproductive Health and Right.”

Ms Kyeiwaa said 341 cases were between 10 years and 14 years while the rest were women aged between 15 years and 19 years.

She said 192 cases of unsafe abortion and 1,068 cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) involving teenagers were recorded during the period.

Ms Kyeiwaa said 11,071 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the region from January to September this year while 241 unsafe abortions and 1,043 STI were recorded during the period.

She said districts with high percentage of teenage pregnancies were Jomoro, Aowin-Suaman Wassa Amenfi West, Wassa Amenfi East and Ellembele.

Ms Kyeiwaa said children born to adolescent mothers were often exposed to neo-natal health problems.

She said all interventions targeting young people’s health and development should include STI/HIV and pregnancy prevention.

Mrs Victoria Dennis, Western Regional Chairperson of the Coalition, said the Coalition held frequent interaction with the media to brief them on health issues to enable them to inform the public. GNA

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