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Teenage Pregnancy Rises To 17% In C/River



Seventeen per cent of young girls in Cross River State get pregnant before they reach marriageable age. Country programme director for Aids Health Care Foundation (AHF) In Nigeria, Dr Eche Ijezie, made the remark while speaking at the 2018 International Day of the Girl Child Celebration in Calabar, which took place during the week. Speaking on the theme: ‘Creating Safe Spaces For Girls,’ Ijezie stated statistics from the NDHS shows that out of teenage pregnancy for girls age 10-18 is very high for Cross River when compared with the national statistics which stands at a possible 12 per cent. AHF, which claims it’s the largest non-governmental organisation operating in Cross River since 2011, stated that its operation is not only limited to Cross River State alone but also extends to other six states of the country. Ijezie maintained that apart from the state being plagued by teenage pregnancy, the state is also said to be affected by issues that are related to HIV/AIDs, stressing that it was on that basis that the organisation decided to carry out awareness campaign so as to reduce the high incidence of teenage pregnancy which was assuming an alarming rate in the state.

The organisation distributed menstrual pads worth millions of naira to over 400 girls’ drawn from several schools across the state. Also speaking, head of United Nation Fund for Population Agency, UNFPA, in the state, Dr Kenneth Elozou, said in a bid to reduce the escalating rate of teenage pregnancy in the state, the agency has introduced family planning commodities like contraceptives and useful information. He then urged girls to abstain from pre-marital sex or if possible, introduce the use of condoms to avoid unwanted pregnancies and fistula which is associated with teenage pregnancy.