COVID-19 in Ghana: 676 students get pregnant in Volta region during pandemic

COVID-19 in Ghana: 676 students get pregnant in Volta region during pandemic

- GES has released a new report on the number of pregnancies recorded in the Volta region

- The number of pregnancies recorded among students in the region was 676

- According to the report this number was recorded between March and September 2020

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A total of 676 students in the Volta Region have been reported pregnant during the Coronavirus period which was coupled with some restrictions on movement.

According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb, the pregnancies spanned between March and September 2020.

This report was made public by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

COVID-19 in Ghana: 676 students get pregnant in Volta region during pandemic

Pregnant woman. Source: Daily Graphic
Source: UGC

176 of the cases were recorded among primary pupils, 325 in Junior High (JHS), and 175 in Senior High School (SHS)

Again, a total of 285 nursing mothers were said to be in school, the majority in the JHS and SHS.

Keta recorded 92 out of the cases, Hohoe came in with 86 pregnancy cases, and Ketu South recorded 82 pregnancies.

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The Volta Regional Guide Coordinator of the GES, Mr Gideon Tsawodzi, revealed this information at a meeting of the Volta Regional Child Protection Committee.

Among a number of factors, Mr Gideon Tsawodzi attributed the worrying situation to late admission to school.

In a similar report, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service has indicated that some 268 student pregnancies have been recorded in the region between January and September 2020.

In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb.com, it was said that out of the 268 pregnancies 220 of the girls were in junior high school.

The directorate stated that the figures above are just provisional from the eight districts of the Upper East Region and it is like that the numbers might go up.

The districts which made up the numbers included Kassena-Nankana Municipal, Kassena-Nankana West, Talensi, Nabdam, Pusiga, Garu and Tempane.

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Talensi recorded the highest number of pregnancies with 75 ladies being put in the family way.

According to a GNA report, this was revealed by Rose Akanson, the Regional Girls Education Officer of the National Population Council (NPC), as she addressed stakeholders at a forum on the impact of COVID-19 on teenage pregnancy.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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