The Queenmother of Achiase in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District of the Ashanti Region, Nana Ama Boatemaah, has expressed worries about the rise in teenage pregnancy cases.
According to her, poor parental control is the major cause of teenage pregnancy.
She also wants the law that protects the girl child to be enforced in cases where the girls are below the consensual age for sex.
She was worried, if the situation was not addressed, we could deprive young girls of better opportunities.
She encouraged the media to use their platforms to advocate against defilement and represent the interest of young girls.
Sher believes until the law bites men who impregnate minors, we will continue to record a high rate of teenage pregnancy.
Between 2016 and 2020, about 555,575 teenagers aged 10 to 19 years, are said to have gotten pregnant.
Within the five years, 13,444 teenagers between the ages of 10 and 14 got pregnant, while some 542,131 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years got pregnant.
According to Ghana Health Service, a little over 112,800 teenagers get pregnant annually.
In 2020, about 109,888 teenage pregnancies were recorded, with 2,865 of the girls being between 10 and 14 years, below the age of statutory consent, which is 16 years.
Data available from the Ghana Health Service shows that Ghana recorded 555,575 cases of teenage pregnancy between 2016 and 2020, with 13,444 of the girls being between 10 and 14 years.