Eastern region Over 25,000 teenage pregnancies recorded in two years

The Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality is said to have recorded about three thousand (3,000) cases.

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A total of 25,285 teenage girls got pregnant in the Eastern Region over the past two years.

According to a publication by Ghana News Agency (GNA), a data available at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) shows that six hundred and sixty-nine (669) of these teenage mothers were between the ages of 10 and 14.

The Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality is said to have recorded about three thousand (3,000) cases.

This, according to the publication, was disclosed by Mrs. Evelyn Owusu-Akyaw, an official of the GHS, at a meeting held by the Regional Child and Family Welfare Policy Implementation Committee in Koforidua. The event was held to discuss matters relating to the protection and growth of children.

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Mrs Owusu-Akyaw indicated that during the first quarter of 2016, about 3,000 teenage pregnancies were recorded.

She suggested that the Ghana Education Service (GES) set up ‘adolescent corners’ in all the facilities to attend to adolescent issues.

She also advised schools to educate students on reproductive health.

Regional Director of the Department of Children, Mr. Anthony Dontoh, said many females have dropped out of school as a result.

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