The head of the Aburi Sub-District, Ghana Health Service, has advised the youth to be content with the support of their parents and focus on their education towards reducing teenage pregnancy.
Ms Jocelyn Akuffo, who said teenage pregnancy cases were rising in that area, explained that she sees about six new cases almost every month, especially of girls in the Junior High and said the annual figure was quite high to elicit the concern of parents and other stakeholders in education.
She was speaking at a ceremony organized by the Aburi Circuit of the Methodist Church for members in the circuit to exercise and socialise.
The participants were lectured on Teenage Pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and the Biometric Registration.
Ms Akuffo urged the youth to reject the notion that when they dropped out of school, they could learn hairdressing or dressmaking to earn their living and explained that, with the high numbers of school drop outs, if all them should be learning such skills, soon every home could have its own hairdresser and seamstress.
This situation, she said, would limit the market and the earnings from their vocations would not be enough to support any meaningful life.
Ms Akuffo urged the youth to go for voluntary counselling and testing to know their HIV status for those who would test positive to seek early treatment. GNA