A deputy director in-charge of clinical care at the Upper East regional health directorate, Dr Abdul-Razak Dokurugu, has bemoaned the increasing rate of abortions and sexually transmitted diseases among youth in the region.
According to him the Upper East region has the highest adolescent abortion rates according to the 2014 demographic and health survey for the region.
In 2013, 23.8% of adolescents committed abortions, 24.1% in 2014 and 22.7% in 2015. Meanwhile, 15.5% of adolescent pregnancy was recorded in 2013, 15.0% in 2014 and 15.3% in 2015.
He further revealed that a quarter of all unsafe abortions are performed on adolescent annually.
He blame the increase numbers and tread on parents reluctancy to talk about sex and sexuality with their children.
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Speaking at an adolescent health club inauguration in Bolgatanga, Dr Abdul-Razak further blamed parents for the surge in the cases of abortion and STIs saying they don’t educate their wards on such issues.
More than two million adolescents between 10 and 19 years are living with HIV according to the World Health Organization.