Mampong Municipal Health Directorate in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) have jointly adopted measures to reduce teenage pregnancy which has been high for the past three years.

Briefing the press on last Wednesday at Mampong, Mr Jacob Amoah, the Municipal Health Director said 408, 400, and 406 pregnancy were recorded in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively most of who were in the 10-14 years age bracket.

He attributed the primary cause to lack of parental responsibility, stubborn children who wanted absolute freedom in their lives and commercial drivers who take advantage of girls who become artisan apprentices after leaving school provide them with their needs and take them as their unofficial wives.

He said the strategy adopted to solve the problem include formation of Teenage Reducing Management Committee with membership from the Health  Directorate, GES, Municipal  Assembly, Social services Department, the Traditional Council and the Hospital.

He explained that the committee among other things will establish Adolescent Clubs within target schools and communities, facilitate Parent Teachers Association meetings, intensify Family Planning Education and organise series of durbars in the communities.

Source: Nana Boaten