Wa West District ‘leads’ Upper West with teenage pregnancy cases

District Chief Executive for Wa West, Laabiri Edward Sobo has expressed worry over the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the district.

Even though Mr Sobo failed to give the percentage of teenagers who are pregnant, he claimed the district has the highest rate in the Upper West Region.

The DCE made the statement at the 57 anniversary celebration of Republic Day at Wechiau.

He urged parents to be responsive and for the public to be supportive in keeping their roles as gate keepers of the society.

Mr. Laabiri said the NPP government and its development partners are doing their best to improve girl child education for girls to realize their fullest potential in life.

“If we allow teenage pregnancy to wipe away these investments, we are but shooting ourselves in the foot,” he noted.

He added that the purpose of the government policies in education sector like the Free Senior High School and other laudable policies, would be defeated if the issues are not tackled immediately.

Mr. Laabiri congratulated the Wechiau Traditional Council for initiating a programme to reduce to the barest minimum, the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the district.

He entreated traditional authorities whom he described as the embodiment of their cultural heritage, to consider the length of time used for the performance of funeral rites.

The Wa West DCE urged the Senior Citizens to take advantage of government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs, to boost food production in the district as well as discouraging the youth from migrating to the southern belt of the country in search of non-existent jobs.

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Teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortions rising in Jirapa District

Teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions have become a worrying phenomenon in the Jirapa District of the Upper West Region.

Teenage pregnancies increased from 251 in 2015 to 340 in 2016 while unsafe abortions moved from 28 in 2015 to 34 in 2016.

Madam Phoebe Balagumyetime, Jirapa District Director of Health Services, who made this known at the 2016 annual performance review meeting in Jirapa, said two maternal deaths were however recorded last year compared to five in 2015.

She said one of the deaths was as a result of unsafe abortion.

Madam Balagumyetime said: “This is really of grave concern and all stakeholders must marshal efforts to curb this growing menace”.

She said there had also been a rising trend in malnutrition from 26.4 percent in 2015 to 27.7 percent in 2016.

The Health Directorate had however succeeded in managing those cases and had a cure rate of 100 per cent.

She said the Health Directorate had also put in place innovations including male involvement, community health action plans and community emergency transport systems to facilitate referrals.
Some Community Based Health Planning and Service zones had mobilised their communities to build maternity rooms to facilitate skilled delivery.

On utilisation of facilities, Madam Balagumyetime said total Out-Patient Department (OPD) attendance was 90,187 with an attendance per capita of 0.91 compared to a total of OPD attendance of 80,894 with an attendance per capita of 0.83 in 2015 during the same period.

Malaria continued to be a nagging problem accounting for 25.6 per cent of total OPD attendance in the district.

Source: GNA