Jirapa Municipality registers 169 teenage pregnancies – Director of Health Services

The Municipal Director of Health Services of Jirapa has expressed concern over the high rate of teenage pregnancy cases in the municipality.

Ms Florence Angsomwine disclosed that the municipality has registered one hundred and sixty-nine cases of teenage pregnancy involving girls between the ages of fifteen and nineteen. Forty-five of them had to drop out of school because of their difficult situation.

Speaking at the commissioning of an adolescent-friendly center in Jirapa, Ms Angsomwine noted that although numbers have been falling over the past three years, it remains a concern.

According to her, the phenomenon has become a source of concern in the commune of Jirapa.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), between 2016 and 2020, more than half a million Ghanaian girls between the ages of 10 and 19 became pregnant. This represents an average of more than 111,000 teenage pregnancies per year. Of all teenage pregnancies during this period, more than 13,400 involved girls between the ages of 10 and 14.

Teenage pregnancy is associated with a high dropout rate, suggesting negative consequences for the future of the girls involved.

The high rate of teenage pregnancy is linked to forced marriages involving young girls. The dual phenomenon of teenage pregnancies and forced marriages involving young girls has several causes. Many schools do not provide adequate reproductive health education or sufficiently encourage girls to avoid pregnancy and complete their education. Poverty, parental neglect and cultural norms also play a significant role in the occurrence of teenage pregnancies.

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