Teenagers taking over child bearing in Volta region

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Sylvia Sika Afealetey

Kpeve (V/R), Dec.
12, GNA – Madam Lena Alai, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender (DOG),
has observed that teenagers were gradually taking over child bearing in the
Volta Region.

She said research
findings from Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) for 2017 and 2018
revealed that teenage pregnancy rate in the Region was 103 per 1000 births as
against 75 per 1000 births at the national level, “indicating that girls
between ages of 12 – 17 are taking over child bearing from adult women in the
region.”

Mrs. Alai was
speaking at a “One Day Consultative Forum with Traditional, Religious and
Opinion Leaders on Strategies to End Teenage Pregnancy and Child Marriage in
South Dayi District” organized by the Volta Regional Coordinating Council and
the Department of Gender with funding from UNFPA. 

She said the
situation was pushing teenage mothers into unplanned marriages, “because
once pregnant, they are forced to marry, increasing cases of child marriages in
the Region.”

Madam Alai therefore
called on parents to provide the necessary needs of children, especially girls
to prevent them from depending on boys and men for financial support.

Ms. Stella Alifo,
Mental Health Officer, South Danyi District Health Directorate, said inadequate
educational materials for adolescent clubs and difficulties in reaching
teenagers at “overbank” communities were challenges affecting
campaigns against teenage pregnancies and child marriages.

She appealed to
stakeholders to support build adolescent corners separated from hospitals, to
offer targeted services especially on reproductive health to adolescents.

Ms. Victoria Yawa
Dedo, South Danyi District Girls Educator Officer, said parental neglect, and
curiosity of some adolescents were some of the causes of teenage pregnancy in
the District and advised parents to take full responsibility of their
children. 

She asked parents to
encourage pregnant girls to remain in school and continue education after child
birth and not drop out to achieve their dreams. 

GNA

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