By Kwesi Alfred Adams
The Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the National Youth Authority (NYA) has held a day’s Advocacy Forum for Stakeholders on Sexual Reproductive Health Right. The forum held at Nzema East Municipal brought together adolescent girls and boys together with parents drawn from the six Municipal Assemblies in the region. The forum was to educate the adolescent age on their right and what to do when it comes to sexual Reproductive Health Right. The forum saw the adolescent age been taking into various stages they go through at the adolescent age. The Acting Regional Director of NYA, Mr. Anthony Baah who welcomed the stakeholders at the forum explained to them that adolescent stage was a period from childhood to adulthood. A stage of life that most habits and characters among the youth were well developed if they are not empowered to get the right information about themselves in order to live a positive lifestyle. This information he said should cover a broad range of issues relating to their physical, biological, emotional and social development as well as development of positive decisions making, self-esteem and building of healthy relationship skills. Mr. Baah added that the reproductive health and right education should be delivered with confidence, empathy and contribute to healthy development of positive attitudes, values and skills that young people needed to know and in the future. He however identified high incidence of drug and substance abuse, high vulnerability to STI’s, streetism amongst others as challenges currently facing the youth. The Municipal Chief Executive for Nzema East, Hon. Frank Okpenyen reminded them to take their education serious at the adolescent stage. He further reminded the adolescent age that they were bosses of their own and taking their education serious at this age was equally important. He however advised them to avoid negative attitudes that came with growing into adulthood. Mr. Emmanuel Papa Assan, a former Regional Director of NYA took the adolescent age into the various stages of sexual Reproductive Health Right. He pointed out that if sexual reproductive issues were not properly handled, it could go out of hand.