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Teenage Pregnancy on the Rise in Wa East District: The Challenges and the Way Forward

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The Wa East District in Ghana has witnessed a surge in teenage pregnancies, with 104 cases recorded in the first quarter of 2023. This alarming trend is despite the efforts of stakeholders in the district to curb the menace through health education and other interventions. Dr. Pascal Kingsley Mwin, the Wa East District Director of Health Services, disclosed this in a report presented to the Upper West Regional Youth Parliament.

According to Dr. Mwin, many of the teenage pregnancies were as a result of child marriages and poverty. To address this, the district has established adolescent health clubs and corners to provide health services and education to adolescents. The district has also engaged communities through durbars, but Dr. Mwin believes that by-laws are urgently needed in communities where teenage pregnancy is on the rise.

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It is worth noting that teenage pregnancies can lead to early or child marriages, and this has resulted in school dropout among girls in the Upper West Region. Research conducted by the Upper West Regional Youth Parliament in the Wa East District in 2022 revealed that 83 per cent of girls who participated in the study engaged in sexual relationships with men for money to buy their basic needs, including sanitary pads. This puts them at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Civil Society Organisations have been called upon to intensify their efforts to fight against teenage pregnancy in the Wa East District. The fight against teenage pregnancy requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including parents, schools, communities, and the government.

For the most part, the surge in teenage pregnancies in the Wa East District is a reflection of the wider issue of poverty and child marriage in the country. To address this, there is a need for more investment in education, health, and poverty eradication. The government must enforce laws that protect the rights of girls and ensure that perpetrators of child marriage are brought to book. Also, parents must be educated on the dangers of child marriage and the need to keep their girls in school. Finally, there is a need for more sensitization on sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in the country.

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