201 teenagers were impregnated by farmers in K.E.E.A

The municipal health director of the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirim Municipality in the Central Region has revealed that out of the 496 teenage pregnancies cases recorded in the municipality, 201 of the cases representing 41% were impregnated by farmers (crop farmers and fish farmers), whiles drivers were responsible for 118 cases. The rest included artisans, vulcanizers, teachers, security officers and students.Speaking at the 2023 annual performance review meeting at the municipal assembly conference hall, Mr. Martin Sumani Daanko said the worrying situation requires a multi-sectorial collaboration and efforts to addressing it. The municipal health director further hinted that the age group of men mostly responsible for the teenage pregnancies was attributable to men in between 20-29 years.

He called on chiefs, the municipal assembly and religious groups to help curb the menace. Mr Daanko further revealed that anaemia in pregnancy is still high in the municipality and urged all pregnant mothers to take their nutrition and feeding needs seriously in ensuring good growth of mother and baby. During the period under review, the municipality recorded two maternal deaths representing a maternal mortality ratio of 59/100,000 live births compared to the national target of 125/100,000 live births. With Central Region holding the enviable tag of being the safest region to give birth in health facilities in 2022, the municipal health director encouraged pregnant women to visit health facilities for delivery services. For her part, the regional health director expressed worry at the staff attrition rate in the region. Dr. Marion Okoh-Owusu said the desire to seeking greener pasture elsewhere has placed more workload on those who remain at post. She pleaded with health practitioners to stay back and help render quality healthcare services to the people.

Dr. Okoh-Owusu also hinted that as part of strategies in ensuring that health workers are well motivated and encouraged, the regional health directorate has introduced some attractive incentives and initiatives.The 2023 annual performance review meeting which hosted some chief’s, the security personnels, media and other stakeholders in the municipality was under the theme, “achieving better health outcomes through universal health coverage in KEEA municipality: the role of stakeholders.

Source: Samuel Nana Effah Obeng

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