Adolescents urged to patronise AHCs
From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Fiapre
The Sunyani Municipal Health Promotion Officer in the Bono Region, Mr. Robin Appiah, has advised adolescents to take advantage and visit the Adolescent Health Corners (AHCs) spread across the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions to access sexual reproductive health services.
The Health Promoter told teenagers that there are several family planning methods that are good for those who cannot abstain from pre-marital sex, and advised them to visit the AHCs to access them.
Mr. Appiah was speaking at the closing session of a two-day mentorship and skills training camp for 61 teenagers held at Fiapre in the Sunyani West District of Bono Region.
The participants were selected from the Techiman and Nkoranza municipalities and Pru District in the Bono East Region and Sunyani West District, and went through employable skills training in bead making, liquid soap production and body make-up.
The Department of Gender, in collaboration with the National Youth Authority (NYA), organised the camp with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to build the potentials of the young people.
Mr. Appiah assured them that their confidentiality is always guaranteed, saying, health workers are always available at the corners to counsel and provide them with family planning services.
The Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Jocelyn Adii, said sex education among adolescent people is very important to protect themselves from unintended pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
She commended the UNFPA for its continuous support to her Department, and called on other development partners to also support the Department to implement programmes that would impact on the lives of boys and girls, and society in general.
The Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Coordinator of Girl Child Education, Mrs. Beatrice Nkum, observed the alarming trend of teenage pregnancies which is impeding girl-child education in the three regions.
She emphasised that unintended pregnancies should not be a factor for girls to drop out of school, saying, the Ghana Education Service (GES) allows pregnant girls to stay and complete their basic education.
Mrs. Nkum advised parents and guardians to support and encourage their pregnant girls to stay in school and continue their education to, at least, acquire a formal education.
She noted that once a girl is pregnant, she goes through serious psychological problems, but if parents draw them closer and encourage them to continue with their school, they can easily do so.