Teenage girls cautioned against taking solace in free maternal care

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Ashaiman, Sept. 26, GNA – Teenage girls in the Ashaiman Municipality were on Wednesday advised against getting pregnant because of the free maternal care under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to drop out of school.

     Mrs Pamela Quarshie, Ashaiman NHIS Registration Officer, who gave the advice, said the number of teenage girls attending facilities in the municipality that offer NHIS services was worrying.

     She gave the advice at a day’s sensitization programme on NHIS and other health issues for Persons With Disabilities.

It was organized by the Rural Urban Women and Children Development Agency (RUWACDA), and SEND Ghana, all non-governmental organization.

Statistics at the Ashaiman Polyclinic showed that between January and April 2011, out of the 678 deliveries, 166 of them were teenage mothers between the ages of 14 and 19 years, whilst between the same period, this year, 151 of them delivered at the facility.

 Mrs Quarshie appealed to parents, guardians, opinion leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders to educate the teenage girls to avoid engaging in premarital sex.

She said most of these teenage girls were in the Junior High School before getting pregnant and had to drop out of school.

She called on the public to register with the NHIS to enable them to receive free health care at the facilities registered under the scheme.

The registration officer further reminded the public to annually renew their registration on time to avoid inconveniences and payment before receiving of medical care.

Mrs Linda Adjapong Kambe, Ashaiman Municipal Disease Control Director in a presentation on the Community Base Health Planning and Service (CHPS) said Ashaiman has been zoned into 42 zones to enable the Health Directorate to implement the programme in the municipality.

Mrs Kambe indicated that out of the 42, only six was currently operating in the Municipality, adding that, an additional seven would start operations this year.

She said two Community Health Nurses are assigned to a zone which covers an area of about 5,000 people.

 She called on residents to extend the needed support to the Community Health Nurses to enable the programme succeed.

Mr Braimah Abdulai, Executive Director of RUWACDA said the sensitization programme was to enable the participants to take advantage of the NHIS and the CHPS to improve upon their health.

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