Health personnel in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, have express worry over the increasing cases of crude abortion practices involving teenagers in the district.
Teenagers in the district mostly pupils in Junior High Schools (SHS) and Senior High Schools lately, have resorted to the wrong procedures in conducting abortions which has resulted in several deaths.
According to the health personnel, these teenagers are made to believe that concoctions and in some cases bottles grinded into powder and mixed with some local herbs which they drink has the potency of getting rid of the pregnancy.
This health personnel advised carries a higher possibility of causing complications and in some cases avoidable deaths.
A Community Health Nurse in the Talensi District has therefore lamented over what she has described as high prevalence rate of teenage pregnancy among JHS and SHS students especially in the rural communities in the district.
Madam Hamidu Mariama, blamed the increasing maternal death rate often recorded in the region partly to teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions.
According to her, teenagers who defy advice from their community health workers mostly suffer maternal deaths in the long run.
“When some of these teenagers become pregnant, most of them employ unapproved ways of terminating the pregnancy some of them die which can be considered as maternal death”, she disclosed.
Ms. Mariama also expressed worry about the inability parents to educate their wards on sex education observing that it was one of the reasons which accounts for a high number of teenagers getting pregnant in the district.
She encouraged teenagers in the Talensi district who cannot abstain, to visit any health center near them for the female and male condoms which are free or alternatively choose family planning methods to avoid early pregnancy.