The first half year of 2018 recorded 14.7 per cent pregnancies amongst adolescents in the Kwahu East District between the ages of 10 and 19.
Madam Vida Efua Afful, District Director of Health Services (DDHS), disclosed this during the launch of the Adolescent School Health (ASH) Clubs at Pepease in the Kwahu East District.
The event, jointly organised by Bryan Acheampong Foundation, Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service was attended by about 400 students and some teachers from both basic and Senior High Schools (SHSs) selected in the District.
Some participated schools, include the St. Peters senior high school, St. Dominic’s senior high school and all the basic schools in Pepease.
The occasion aimed at preparing the participating schools for a common platform in the launch of the ASH Clubs by individual schools in the District and apprising the young people the opportunity to address their adolescence age challenges, while in school.
District Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Ivy Asantewah Owusu attributed sexual reproductive health challenges to misinformation and unavailability of information on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health in the country.
During his speech delivery at the launch, the
Director for development at BAF, Mr. Eric Nyarko pledged the Foundation’s enormous support to both education and health related issues in the District and for proper management by all stakeholders to inculcate in the youth good moral values to prepare them to take up leadership roles and responsibilities in future.
Nana Banahene, project coordinator at Plan Parenthood Association Ghana (PPAG) indicated that in Ghana alone, per the Ghana statistical service report there are 22. 4 percent, making 5.6million of Ghana’s population adolescents.
This he revealed it’s an indication that gradually, adolescents are taking over the entire world population and therefore urgent steps must be taken to address the challenges facing adolescent to make the country produce responsible future leaders to the world.
Project Coordinator for JOICFP, Mrs. Shoko Enomoto reiterated the Japan governments support for adolescent health and development and promised to continually contribute their quota to such activities.
District Chief Executive, Hon. Isaac Agyapong used the opportunity to advised students to avoid indiscriminate sex and take their studies seriously to become better individuals in future.