Madam Elizabeth Korpi, Zabzugu District Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has

noted that the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of the youth should be a

national priority to protect their future.

Sexual and Reproductive healthShe said the future of the youth could be ruined since the

country had entered the golden age, where about 45 per cent of the

people range from 10 to 30.

Madam Korpi, who made the observation during the district

observation of the 2015 edition of International Youth Day at

celebration at Zabzugu in the Northern Region, said: ?We need to

ensure that the SRH needs of the young people are highly

prioritised.?

She said without such measures the youth could become

vulnerable to high-risk behaviour and ill-health out-comes likes

unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, HIV,

sexual abuse and gender based violence.

The day, which was organised by the district assembly, in

collaboration with GHS and National Youth Authority, was on the

theme: ?Youth Civic Engagement.?

It brought together students, identifiable youth groups, heads

of department and representatives from the religious bodies,

traditional authorities as well as the district assembly.

Madam Korpi charged policy formulators and implementers to

ensure the effective implementation of policies targeted at the

youth at the district levels.

She called for capacities to be built to ensure the effective

handling of SRH issues among students.

Mr Issifu Alidu Laa-Bandow, District Chief Executive, in a

speech read on his behalf, said when young people are disconnected

from policy makers, it results in moral decadence.

?The state will in turn be forced to use its resources to deal

with the related issues that may come with it, which are totally

preventable,? he added.

He urged the youth to take advantage of the various

opportunities being provided by government, to develop themselves,

which includes heavy investment in the areas of education, health

care and entrepreneurship.

Mr Philip Alhassan, District Director of Education, in a speech

read on his behalf, highlighted some negative life styles that he

said are regrettably acquired by some young people when they attain

adolescence.

These, he said include: wrongful application of information

communication technology, examination malpractices and teenage

pregnancies.

Mr Alhassan suggested the need for mentorship, obedience and

upholding to high moral standards to help the young generation to

become the future leaders that could take Ghana to the next level.

Mr Mohammed Salahudeen, District Development Planning Officer,

asked the youth to equip themselves with vital and useful

information which would make them better persons.

Source :GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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