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Outmoded cultural practices said to be responsible of high rate of teenage pregnancies in Bongo District

The
incidence of teenage pregnancies in the Bongo District of Upper East Region can
be attributed to some forms of outmoded cultural practices.

A
practice such as teenagers engaging in relationships with family relatives in
the district is accepted but same lovers cannot marry. This, eventually leads
to unwanted pregnancies among adolescents.

Bongo
District Field Assistant for Girls Empowerment Project of Planned Parenthood
Association of Ghana (PPAG), Adam Azabre Abugbila revealed this exclusively to
A1 News.

“When
we went to do this ‘Breaking the Silence’, we realized that, some communities
encourage teenagers to be friend to somebody who is a brother or sister. So
girls that are not enlighten are engaged in this ‘Tazaba’ thing and get
impregnated. And the guys sometimes have to run away from their
responsibilities because they feel the child doesn’t belong to them. So if they
can abolish it, teenage pregnancies can be curtailed somehow”, he stated.

Mr.
Abugbila who said this during an orientation for about 20 adolescent mothers in
the district called on traditional authorities to help abolished some of the
outmoded cultural practices which he said hinder the education of the girl-child

Senior
Staff Midwife of Anafobisi Health Center, Samantha Adogbongo also attributed
some social activities such as funerals to the increasing spate of teenage
pregnancies in the district.

“Where
there are funerals being performed, girls follow boys who cannot marry them. When
you take about 90 percent of the adolescent girls who became pregnant, it is
boys who cannot marry them are those who impregnated them”, she expressed
worry.

Madam
Adogbongo who took the adolescent mothers through antenatal and postnatal care education
encouraged them to further their education or venture into vocations in order
to cater for their children.

Samantha Adogbongo (right), presenting some items to one of the girls

PPAG with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) during the day meeting in the district, donated to the teenage mothers with items such as soap, washing powder and baby diapers. The initiative gears towards aiding the country to achieve some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Source:A1radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua
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