In Central Region Teenage girls bartering sex for fish

The District Director of Nursing Services for the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA), Mrs Juliana Armah said some of the teenagers do this because they come from poor background.

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Some teenagers in the Central region are exchanging sex for fish in some fishing communities in the region.

This development has become a hindrance to the fight against teenage pregnancies.

The District Director of Nursing Services for the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA), Mrs Juliana Armah said some of the teenagers do this because they come from poor background.

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“Some give sex and take fish for their aged parents to sell to augment incomes.”

She added that such young pregnant girls were usually anaemic and suffered complications during birth.

“Their children are also usually malnourished and they perpetuate the cycle of poverty.”

She was speaking at a forum on teenage pregnancy in Cape Coast organised by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) with support from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).

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The forum was to empower queens in the fight against teenage pregnancy in the region.

In the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) municipality alone, a total 497 teenagers got pregnant between January and September this year.

In the Abura Asebu Kwamankese district, 280 teenage girls were recorded pregnant by health facilities in the district for the first half of the year.

Mrs Juliana Armah was optimistic the queens will help prevent such pregnancies.

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