The Nkosuohemaa of Afigya Kwabre in the Ashanti Region, Nana Adwoa Awindor, believes the recent spike in teenage pregnancy in the region could partly be blamed on the lockdown in the heat of COVID-19.
The Ashanti Region recorded 17,802 teenage pregnancies last year becoming the region with the highest cases in 2020.
Speaking on Sunday Night on Asaase Radio, Awindor said: “When you get those calls coming up, when you get those numbers staring at your face as a queen mother in the community, you will be asking what did I do wrong, what didn’t I do right, we have been on the field, we have been advocating.”
“I think part of that huge numbers that came out in 2020 was from COVID because we had nowhere to go and a lot of people were camped at places and mobility was restricted and so people abused a lot,” she told the show host, Nana Yaa Mensah.
She added: “In fact, our research showed that there was a high level of domestic violence during the COVID era, so same thing happened with teenage pregnancy, and so even though it existed, it was heightened during the COVID era, and so those enormous numbers that came up was out of that reason probably in my opinion.”
Awindor who doubles as the producer of “Greetings from Abroad” TV show said queen mothers in her region are now being empowered to deepen the advocacy on reducing teenage pregnancy.
“We want to look at it as an ill that needs to be addressed so we take it from the level of community development leadership and our role as mothers, as advocates, people who want to see their community developed.
“So, in my community for example I work through the queens, but I ensure that they get the kind of knowledge they need to be able to flow it out, the kind of skills they need so they can share and engage their communities with and the outcome has been good,” she added.
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