Recorded cases of teenage pregnancy in Ghana may overtake that of COVID-19 if much attention of the media is not paid to adolescent reproductive issues; Madam Doris Mawuse Aglobitse- Program Analyst for UNFPA has
Considering how the menace is fast ascending, she has underlined that if the number of cases keep rising, there is no way the country can control it (teenage pregnancy) in the next 30 years.
Madam Doris Mawuse raised this alert at a media training workshop organised by the National Youth Authority in Kumasi on Monday 21st June 2021.
The training was under the auspices of UNFPA.
She premised her call on how media reportage is so much dedicated to issues related to politics and how much prominence is given to the rate of coronavirus infection in Ghana.
In her presentation at the workshop, she recalled that in the year 2020, cases of teenage pregnancy exceeded that of COVID-19, advising that as the media talks and reports on the latter, same should be done to the former.
Per the status-quo, the focus of the media according to her is heavily centered on matters related to politics whiles other vital issues are left behind.
She said in a power-point presentation that “around the world media often fail to prioritize reproductive health and right issues or report them in an accurate manner”.
At the event, Samuel Gariba- Program Officer for National Youth Authority (NYA) touched on challenges affecting Adolescent Health Counseling (AHC) in Ghana.
Among them are;
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Data management
- Inadequate infrastructure for synchronizing data across the center
- Cultural barriers to sex education
- Society’s reluctance to approach the subject of sexual and reproductive health among young women
- Low level priority on preventive care among others.
The training sought to strengthen the understanding of key media personnel on adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health to enhance their reporting of the same in their media reportage.
The training also energized participants to see themselves as equal stakeholders together with state actors and civil society in youth development and that the success and failures of youth development is a shared gain or drain.