July 11, 2019 3:38 pm

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Freda Prempeh has urged parents to bridge the gap between them and their children on issues relating to teenage pregnancy saying parents must openly engage their wards on the challenges associated with unprotected sex.

According to her, there are numerous factors that lead to teenage pregnancy. She was quick to mention poverty, peer pressure, ignorance about sexual life among the girl child, and the lack of abstinence of sex among adolescents.

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Freda Prempeh made these observations at a coordination meeting on the implementation of the 5-year adolescent pregnancy strategy plan in Accra.

The draft institutional framework for monitoring adolescent pregnancy strategic plan implementation in Ghana, 2018-2022 was spearheaded by the First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo to provide direction for interventions to address all unwanted and mistimed pregnancies among adolescents in the country.

The gesture is to enable all adolescents to realize their full potential in all development and be fully empowered to prevent early and unwanted pregnancies.

The Deputy Minister said that the effects of adolescent pregnancy are broad hence the need to address them goes beyond one institution. Therefore, stakeholders must come on board to collectively help address and deliver programmes to directly contribute to the issues on adolescent pregnancy.

She therefore called for an institutional framework to provide clear time lines of responsibilities for stakeholders to design skilled jobs through Civil Society Organizations, Associations of Queen Mothers, and faith-based organizations, and media to enhance advocacy and the collaboration with UNFPA to provide technical advice and support.

For her part, the Director for the Department of Gender, Rev. Dr. Comfort Asare in an interview with the Daily Searchlight said there is a monitoring plan that provides a framework for identifying specific agencies tasked within the strategic plan for addressing adolescent pregnancy.

According to her, collaborating agencies are challenged to play strategic roles to ensure that their activities are executed to achieve expected results.

Source: Daily Searchlight

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