A training programme for Ten ( 10 ) resource persons on reproductive health education has been held by the Tano South Distract Directorate of the Department of Social Welfare at Bechem.
The ten (10) resource persons at the programme
The programme which was aimed at training the resource person to provide information, education and communication messages on adolescent reproductive health to the people was opened by the Tano South District Director of the Department of Social Welfare Mr. Samuel Kyeremeh.
Opening the programme, Mr. Samuel Kyeremeh said, the reproductive health education programme has been inculcated into the departments programmes by Future Group a Non Governmental Organization based in the UK with a branch in Ghana and offers public education to children on the causes, effects and preventive measures on drug abuse and teenage pregnancy.
Mr. Samuel Kyeremeh opening the programme
Mr. Kyeremeh therefore urged participants to inform, educate and communicate the causes, effects and solutions on drug abuse and teenage pregnancy to the public especially teenagers so as to help reduce the incidence of drug abuse and teenage pregnancy in the Tano South District and the country as a whole.
A facilitator of the programme, Mrs. Irene Obeng-Asare in her presentation took participants through topics like teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, the causes and effects and their preventive measures.
Speaking on teenage pregnancy, Mrs. Obeng-Asare described it as a phenomena in which a teenage girls get pregnant which is said to be unplanned and for that reasons becomes unwanted as most them are unemployed and dependent on their parents.
Mrs. Irene Obeng-Asare addressing the participants
Mentioning some of the causes of teenage pregnancies, Mrs. Obeng – Asare said urbanization and divorce are some of the factors and said most of these teenagers in recent years flock urban centers in search of jobs and also to seek greener pastures and in doing so find themselves in various environments which enables most of them to indulge themselves in various acts including unprotected sex which brings about these teenage pregnancies.
Touching on Divorce Mrs. Obeng- Asare said it brings about separation which also divides the family since these adolescents find themselves entangled as to who is caring for them or which of the two parents they are to stay with and leads them into bad company as they use all manner of excuses to visit either of the parents which is never the case and finds them in the company of friends who happens to be boys or men and through that find them indulging in sex which brings about teenage pregnancy.
Touching on the effects of teenage pregnancy Mrs. Obeng-Asare said it leads to illegal abortion and stressed that this takes place when the parties decides to terminate the unwanted pregnancy in an orthodox way which at times leads to the lost of life or causes a destruction in the womb leading to one becoming barren and also causing a defect in the womb.
Mrs. Obeng-Asare said, in finding controlling measures to these effects, parents should guide, counsl and supervise closely the activities of their teenage girl child and advice opinion leaders to pay regular visits to schools in their various areas to offer advice to the school children and stressed that agencies and families must help address the issue on the use of contraceptives to enable them have safe sex if they cannot abstain from sex.
Mrs. Obeng-Asare concluded her facilitation on Drug Abuse, its causes, effect and control measures and adviced the youth to say no to drugs.