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Between 2016 and 2022, Ghana recorded 542,131 adolescent girls aged 15-19 years and 13,444 pregnancies amongst young teenagers aged 10-14 years, according to the Ghana Health Service Information Management Health System(DHIMS). Not only are these numbers worrying, but they are also a critical concern that has lifetime ramifications on the health, wealth and well-being of adolescents, their children’s families, the community and the country at large.
Rising teenage pregnancy in the Suhum municipality in the eastern region has seen 35 girls giving birth.
Madame Margaret Darko, head of the Suhum municipality, has reported that the rate of adolescent pregnancies Is rising despite government and non-government-organisation to crab the issue.
According to her, in the Suhum municipality of the eastern region, the primary cause of teenage pregnancies is young girl’s love of indomie and mobile money(MoMo)
This is according to recent research conducted by the Ghana health services social welfare and other nongovernmental organisations.
The research also found that assistive social media was a major contributing factor.
The female reportedly let the boys sleep with them, so they could use their phones in bed and publish inappropriate photos online. The Suhum Millennium cultural encyclopaedia claim as much.
The majority of young moms over (50%) do not complete high school, and many (especially those living in rural areas) have additional children (over 25) within 24 months.
The MCE of Suhum Municipality, Hon. Margaret Darko expressed worry about the persistent problem of adolescent pregnancies in the municipality.
Having a child is the leading cause of education abandonment among teenage ladies.
She urged parents to provide a stable home environment and equal education for the arcade to ensure their success in the future.