The Medical Director in charge of the Central regional hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare is alarmed at the rate at which teenagers are getting pregnant in that region.
According to him, the number of teenagers - between the ages of 12-14 - who frequent the health facility for antenatal care, has increased to disturbing proportions.
Statistics indicate that in 2012 alone, close to 14,000 teenagers in the Central region got pregnant.
Joy News' Central regional correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko reported Dr Asare as saying the above figure indicate a 62 per cent increase in teenage pregnancy rates in the region over previous years.
Dr Asare therefore wondered why child rights advocates and other related state institutions seem to be quite over the matter even after widespread reports about the issue in the media.
“Naturally speaking,” he noted, “these teenagers were defiled so why are the advocates…and the whole society quite…?” he quizzed, fearing the situation could degenerate if measures are not taken to control it.
The medical director called on the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), the Children and Gender Ministry as well as civil society organizations to treat the issue with all the urgency required in order to ‘save the girl child’.
Headlines Newsview all
Following the to and fro between the pair, a new tattoo has surfaced which gives a new dimension to what really may have panned out ... Full story
Personnel of the American Forensic Team, contracted by the Government of Ghana to help unravel the mystery surrounding the recent strings of fires at the ... Full story
A group of weed-smoking mums who meet for lavish cannabis-infused lunches say taking marijuana makes them better parents. Mother-of-two Cheryl Shuman, 53, hosts the get-togethers which ... Full story
A ‘violent’ nursing assistant put a sheet over a dementia patient’s head and told her she was ‘the dead one’ during a campaign of abuse, ... Full story
Mr Efiok Cobham, the Cross River State deputy governor startled his household recently when he commanded his wife, Glory to kneel down and apologize to ... Full story
Selorm (Selly) Ghalley, one of Ghana’s representatives in the ongoing Big Brother Africa (The Chase) reality show can breathe a sigh of relief as she ... Full story
The Eastern Regional Police Command arrested 14 illegal Chinese miners at Akyem Adasewase in the Atiwa District on Wednesday. They are workers of Mazoro Mining Company ... Full story
South African officials are investigating claims ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family stashed $1bn (£600m) in assets in the country. Libya has reportedly called for ... Full story