The Central Regional Department of Gender has revealed that the region has recorded 10,301 teenage pregnancies from January to December 2020.
Ms. Richlove Amamoo, the Regional Director of the Department of Gender, however, noted that the large number was bad news for the region.
“Many of our young people are having sex with people because they are hungry. A lot of the young people I have interacted with indicate they have sexual relationships in exchange for tokens and gifts for their basic needs. If parents develop more interest in the wellbeing of their children and adolescents, in particular, many of the problems would be solved.”
Curbing the situation, she noted that her outfit has established Men and Boys Advocacy clubs to help them to adopt more responsible sexual behaviour while reducing the incidence of sexual abuses such as defilement, and rape.