335 teenage pregnancy cases recorded in Mankessim 2013; authorities alarmed

Health facilities in Mankesim in the Central Region are struggling to cope with an unprecedented increase in teenage pregnancy.

Girls as young as 10 are getting pregnant, and dropping out of school according to a report released by the Mankesim Health Center.

Senior physician, Mercy Antwi Boasiako told Joy News, 335 teenagers were impregnated last year alone, an increase of nearly 65 percent.

She said at such tender ages, the children are not prepared for delivery and it comes with its maternal challenges.

They do not even know how to take care of themselves let alone, the children they are giving birth to, she added.

Mercy Boasiako  said authorities in Mankessim are struggling to tackle the problem from the root.

She added it is even sometimes difficult to find who fathered the babies.

“If you ask them who impregnated them, some will say their class mates, teachers, truck pushers etc. So it cuts across the community,” she said.

Mercy Antwi Boasiako said the health directorate have organised counselling sessions and youth durbars all to no avail.

She said they need help to effectively bring the situation under control.

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