The Upper West Regional and Wa East District Youth Parliament’s have expressed grave concern about the increasing teenage pregnancy cases in the Wa East district since 2012 which has resulted in school drop outs.
The group said figures from the District Directorate of Health indicates that the district recorded three hundred and 21 cases in 2012 as against five hundred and 46 cases in 2019.
Speaking to Radio Progress news on the sidelines of a sensitization campaign by Upper West Regional Youth Parliament with support from Plan Ghana International on Coronavirus pandemic, teenage pregnancy and child marriage at Bulenga, the Speaker for Wa East Youth District Youth Parliament Abudu Fuseini noted that the ages of victims with teenage pregnancy in the district ranges from ten to nineteen years according to figures from the nine health centres and twenty-one CHPS Compounds.
Mr Fuseini blamed the phenomenon on stakeholders in the district including past and present DCE’s, Members of Parliament, Chiefs and Opinion Leaders, Assembly Members and parents among others and called for a holistic approach to eliminate what he termed as a “monster” to redeem the image of the Wa East district.
The Minority Chief Whip of the Upper West Regional Youth Parliament Honourable Kassim Tamaah said as part of efforts to help develop the region, the group with support from Plan Ghana International have undertaken vigorous sensitization in some communities the Wa West and East districts to eliminate the practice of teenage pregnancy and child marriage which he indicated are rampant in those areas.
Hon Tamaah urged residents in the region especially the youth to be wary of the deadly Coronavirus and practice the preventive protocols to help reduce the level of infection in the region.
Some Divisional Chiefs in the Bulenga Traditional Area expressed their disappointment about teenage pregnancies in the area and pledged to implement vigorous bye-laws to help curb the trend.
Upper West Regional Youth Parliament distributed free nose masks to participants and schooled them on hand washing with soap under running water to help curb the spread of the deadly virus. Members and Leaders of the Regional Youth Parliament took their turns to educate the participants on teenage pregnancy, child marriage and safety protocols of Coronavirus.
BELOW ARE THE FIGURES OF TEENAGE PREGNANCIES IN WA EAST DISTRICT FROM 2012-2019.
2012- 321 cases
2013- 361 cases
2014- 349 cases
2015- 417 cases
2016- 507 cases
2017- 500 cases
2018- 493 cases
2019- 546 cases