- Some teenage mothers in the Upper East region have lost their babies to Akpeteshie
- These financially distressed women opt for "Akpeteshie" for their kids so they can go search for a job
YEN.com.gh is learning that some single teenage mothers are using alcohol to silence their children from hunger.
This follows an investigative report by StarrFM that show that these distressed mothers are now serving their hungry children with a tot of "akpeteshie" just so these children will fall in a deep and sound sleep so they rush out and get some food.
The mothers, mostly in the Upper East region, don't even have the needed money to take care of themselves let alone that of their children.
Reports do show that several babies from these troubled mothers have died after taking in akpeteshie which costs as low as 50 pesewas.
“One of the girls gave her child akpeteshie she bought at 50 pesewas so that the child could sleep for longer hours to allow her enough time to search for food before the child would wake up. The baby did not wake up," An activist, Dorcas Akonga, revealed in an interview with StarrFM.
The predicament of these single mothers replicates the experience of several other single mothers across the country - a development which has seen the gender ministry come up with the LEAP program which offers financially distressed households the needed financial support.
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