Teenage Pregnancies Sour In Akyem Krodua
Oberima Nana Kwame Anim II, chief of Krodua has blamed the phenomenon on broken discipline among the teeming youths in the area contributing to a high rate of teenage pregnancies.
There are increasing rates of teenage pregnancies in Akyem Krodua, a farming community in the Eastern Region.
The alarming rates of teenage pregnancies have become a very source of grave worry to the chief of the Akyem Krodua community, Oberima Nana Kwame Anim II and his elders who had declared war against the situation.
The visibly worried Oberima Nana Kwame Anim II blamed the phenomenon on broken discipline among the teeming youths in the area.
Speaking to some journalists on the sideline during this year's Ohum festival and installation of a newly Ga- chief in the township under stool name Nii Kwei I, Berima Kwame Anim II stated that; "A large degree of indiscipline continues to exhibit itself among the youth.
According to him, some of them have been taking care of by their mothers, adding that the indiscipline of the youth in the area had contributed to the incident of teenage pregnancies in the area, the chief noted.
The chief lamented that at least children between the age of 13-15 will get pregnant with young boys in the town has become chronic.
Following this development, the chief promised to set up a task force to question every teenager who will be met in town during night hours.
"Parents have been advised to put a critical eye on their ward and ensure that they are properly educated.
The teenage pregnancy menace is prevalent in many communities in the Eastern region.
Ghana health statistical service shows that a total number of 25, 285 teenage girls got pregnant in the Eastern communities in 2014 and 2015. Six hundred and sixty - nine ( 669)of these teenage mother's were age 13 - 15.
The latex figure indicates little over 10,000 teenagers got pregnant in 2018 in the region which is a marginal reduction compared to previous years.
Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu