Instead of sticking to their books and doing something meaningful with their lives, many more young girls in the Sunyani municipality have taken to baby-making and challenging their parents in the bedroom.
Latest data released by the Ghana Health Service on the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the municipality speaks of a rise in the menace. According to the Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate, a total of five hundred and ninety two (592) cases were documented in 2018 at the various health facilities in the municipality, compared to the five hundred and forty one (541) cases recorded within the same period last year.
Breaking down the worrying statistics, the Municipal Health Promotion Officer, Mr. Robin Appiah indicated that, twenty-one (21) girls of the total were aged between 10 and 14 while five hundred and seventy one (571) of the pregnant girls fell within the 15 and 19 age bracket.
This he said was a sharp increase compared to the 2017 figures which stood at fourteen (14) cases for the 10 and 14 age bracket five hundred and twenty seven (527) for girls between 15 and 19 years.
What makes the situation more worrying for us here at banewsgh.com is that whilst the general statistic for teenage pregnancy in Sunyani is increasing but steadily at 9.5%, that of the 10-14 age bracket has sharply risen by exactly half (50%). Unfortunately, these are girls who should be in our basic schools working on a good future for themselves.
This is the more reason why we support the call by Mr Robin Appiah that all stakeholders in and around Sunyani and all well-meaning people to support the fight against teenage pregnancy.
And people should know that they are girls, not wives!