20 December 2012

Ghana: Bekwai Health Directorate Moves Against Teenage Pregnancy

Bekwai-Ashanti — The Bekwai Municipal Directorate of Health Services has taken measures to reduce the spate of teenage pregnancy in the municipality.

The Directorate, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, has identified schools termed as 'red schools', which face high cases of teenage pregnancy.

Mrs. Leticia Aryeh-Diabene, Bekwai Municipal Director of Health Services, who announced this at a meeting of heads of departments organised by Nana Karikari Appau II, the Omanhene of Bekwai Traditional Area, to assess performance of the decentralized departments over the year, said her outfit had introduced an Adolescent Health Service as a way of clamping down on teenage pregnancies in the area.

She said it would encourage the girl-child to receive the needed medical care and continue with their education after birth.

The Health Director said the unit also provides counseling for pregnant teenagers, during which they are exposed to role models to encourage them in life.

Mrs. Aryeh-Diabene announced that there had been some improvement in delivery at the Bekwai Government Hospital, which she stated as the setting up of Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic, as well as a Special Clinic for Sickle Cell and genetic diseases.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Aryeh-Diabene has announced that the government has opened tenders for the supply of equipment for the new 120-bed Bekwai District Hospital.

According to her, the physical structures were taking shape and that the facility would be fully operational by the middle of next year. She said doctors have been trained for the specialized departments at the facility to make operations smooth when it takes off.

The $16 million Bekwai District Hospital project, made up emergency and accident units, mobile ambulance, surgical, X-ray, obstetrics and gynaecology departments, a well furnished pharmacy section and mortuary, is being funded by the ECOWAS Bank for International Development, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Ghana. It is being executed by Italian contractors, Consar Company Limited.

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