According to a Ghana Education Service 2018/2019 report, over 7,000 pupils from lower to upper primary and SHS students got pregnant within the year under review.
Also, 14,000 Antenatal attendance across the country are adolescents aged between 14 and 18. These statistics the National Population Council says puts Ghana’s developmental agenda in a dilemma since many development policies are geared towards the attainment of the SDG’s with the youth as the focus.
Speaking at a media engagement in Accra, a Reproductive Health Specialist at the UNFPA, Dr. Robert Mensah said the situation is so alarming that children as young as 12 have or are about to bear children in almost all the regions with Western being the region with the highest number.
He asked the media to prioritise issues of adolescent health to help salvage the situation.