Posted: Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 11:52 am

Offinso records 1,600 teenage pregnancies

Hon. Juliana Azumah- Mensah

THE OFFINSO Municipal Health Directorate recorded a total of 1,600 teenage pregnancies last year, a figure described as disturbingly high.

Beatrice Acquah, Municipal Health Director, said the ages of girls affected ranged between 10 and 19 years.

She said 267 of the pregnancies were aborted.

She was speaking at a stakeholders’ forum held to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe abortion and the need for comprehensive family care at Offinso.

It was jointly organized by the Offinso Health Directorate, Centre for the Development of the People, International Pregnancy Advisory Services Ghana and the Offinso Queen Mothers Association.

The goal was to help reduce unwanted pregnancies in the area.

Ms Acquah said unsafe abortion was one of the leading causes of maternal deaths and was often associated with complications like bleeding, infections, perforated uterus and infertility.

She cautioned women against the use of herbs and concoctions to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

She said the directorate had stepped up public health education in schools, markets and work places on reproductive health.

She encouraged couples to accept family planning methods.

Nana Amma Adowaa Akyaa, Queen of Ayensua-Kokoo, said they would provide the needed leadership in their communities to help reduce the high incidence of teenage pregnancy.

GNA

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