Adolescents pregnancy among girls aged 15-19 gives group sleepless nights

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SIBONGILE KHUMALO A pregnant student poses on July 29, 2013 in Pretoria at the Pretoria Hospital School specialised in teenage pregnancy. The Pretoria Hospital School, a Public School opened in 1950 and originally dedicated to sick children, is the only school of its kind in South Africa. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

By our Taraba correspondent

Sad that in Nigeria, teenage or adolescent pregnancy among girls aged 15-19 years constitutes a considerable health risk resulting in high maternal deaths and morbidity, the need for Corp members serving in secondary schools and tertiary institutions to help in reaching out to young persons and adolescents with the message of Life Planning, have become a source of concern to The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

The leadership of the TCI who made the passionate appeal at a one day
training organized for Corp members drawn from various secondary schools in Taraba state, said the decision to train members of the National Youth Service Corp on Life Planning for Youths and adolescents (LPAY) have become necessary following the increase of unplanned pregnancies among the youths.

Certain that “properly nurtured and guided young people have the capacity to achieve their potentials and grow into productive adults, the organization, according to the TCl Technical Support Lead Service Delivery personnel , Dr. Nshe Muknaan David , would not ceased from training Corp members across the state on life planning for the youths stating that such training would go a long way to “arms young people with positive life changing information that can help them make informed choices about critical issues in life and future.”

David who was of the view that there are complexities around the life of adolescents and youths; drummed the need for them to be given accurate and adequate information on life planning, in order to discourage them from treading paths that would jeopardize their futures .

According to him ” our decisions to equip Corp members with the much desired knowledge about LPAY is because it would go a long way to help them discourage young people from not only abstaining from sex and avoiding unplanned pregnancies but also protecting themselves from Sexual Transmitted Infection (STIs )”

In his word “young people need reliable information about contraceptives and where to obtain them in order to protect themselves from Sexual Transmission Infections (STIs ) including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency (AIDS) and unplanned pregnancies”

“Information about contraceptives” as made known by him ” is important for all young people whether they are abstaining from sex or are sexually active ” adding that the need scattered around the length and breadth of the state to tread extra legitimate miles in making sure that young people make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

David who went further to tasked the Corp members on the need to guide young people under them on the right paths, noted that the effects of not “being able to use, incorrectly or discontinue use has such diverse consequence to the health and well-being of the young persons ” .

Stressing that “information about contraceptives is important for all young people whether they are abstaining from sex or are sexually active ” the need for the Corps members who are presently observing their one mandatory service in schools scattered around the length and breadth of the state to tread extra legitimate miles in making sure that young people make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

He charged the Corp members to leave by stone unturned in guiding young people “on the right paths, ” stating that the effects of not “being able to use, incorrectly or discontinue use has such diverse consequence to the health and well-being of the young persons ” .

Aligning her weight to that of Dr. David, the Demand Generation person of the TCI, Victoria Mohammed, believed that if properly guided, mistakes often made by young people especially in the area of reproductive health, would be avoided.

She changed the Corp members to tread extra legitimate miles in assisting young persons from indulging in acts that would hindered them from actualizing their dreams of becoming responsible future parents .

Elated by the training, some of the Corp members who spoke with our correspondent reiterated their determinations to spread the message across to their students at their Various areas of primary assignments.

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