Team members and opinion leaders in the Akatsi North District of the Anlo area in the volta region, have conveyed their preparedness to better on their stand on the teenage pregnancy alliance table in the area.
The 2018 and 2019 Ghana Health Service District Ranking of teenage pregnancy placed the community in the earliest location for having the tallest rate in the Volta Region making the region with the tallest prevalence of teenage pregnancy.
The team members at the day's defense forum on precautionary measures and reduction of teenage pregnancy/child marriage at Ave Havi said that label was becoming a shame to the community, hence, the need for united efforts to lesson the incidence.
The forum was organized by the Department of Gender (DoG), Volta Region with backing hold up from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the third of its kind in Akatsi North, brought together traditional leaders, assembly members, group leaders and heads of departments.
One Dr. Prince Amuzu Sodoke said on the forum that, the District was doing well in other areas but when it comes to reproductive health, it performed poorly and however noted that, the assembly would together with key team members, gear the problem globally.
He said the teenage pregnancy is really affecting their community very well, hence their performance. Politically, the evaluation drawn in the community performance came up leading in the Region but forth in the country, because of the issues of pregnancy.
He said other communities have tried to raise awareness to bring the situation down but situations seem not to be really improving. They will however need to consider a lot of things which includes the surrounding of the community to strongly educate and talk about the issue at hand.
Another woman by name Madam Augustina Aku Modzakah, the District Girl Child Education Officer said, before the Covid-19, schools in the area were doing very best in educating and talking about the issue of teenage pregnancy and child marriage through career conference observances.
She continued that, the conference was subjected "Operation Protect My Dream" which included Parents Teachers Association (PTA) involvement and students flavoring in their preferred future career at dressing, pointed to dare the teenagers, their parents and the areas to play important statues to keep the children especially the females in school to think about their potential goals in life.
Mr Israel Aklorbortu, Volta Regional Director, Department of Children, urged all to be advocates for rights of children/teenagers in society, saying these were difficult times requiring the support for children so they could grow up into important citizens in future.
He appreciated the need for areas t watch out for threats such as peer pressure, substance abuse, social media, child trafficking, poverty and poor parenting, so they did not destroy the lives of children but rather keep them with the right advice needed on theier education and reproductive health so as to make the right decisions in their lives.
Madam Lena Alai also called on the chiefs and the people of Akatsi North and its surrounding areas to do their very best to reduce the rising rate of teenage girls becoming pregnant, hence in the end, that condition would get serious where children born of these teenage girls would take after their mothers and then the areas would in the end suffer as families would not be in position to help to its growth in the near future.
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