Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, the Ashanti Regional Director of Health, has called for intensification of the campaign to keep the adolescent girl safe and protect them from getting pregnant.

He said everything should be done to ensure that they had access to sexual and reproductive health services.

He was speaking at a review meeting of the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (GHARH) organized by the National Population Council (NPC) in Kumasi.

The project is being jointly implemented by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Education Service (GES), National Youth Authority (NYA), Hope for the Future Generation, Ghana (HFFG) and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG).

The United Kingdom (UK) Government is providing the funding and the goal is help the adolescent to have adequate knowledge about reproductive health to make the right decisions and choices.

The GHARH project is being implemented in the Brong-Ahafo and three selected districts in the Ashanti Region – Kumasi, Asokore-Mampong and Atwima-Kwanwoma.

Dr. Beifubah underlined the need for well-targeted and clearly focused education to bring down child mothers and stop girls from dropping out of school because of pregnancy.

He encouraged all stakeholders to up their game and accept to go the extra mile to reach out to the targeted group.

They should constantly undertake performance review to make sure that they were on the right track.

He said it was refreshing that 15,000 adolescents in the region had benefitted from reproductive health services within a space of five months.

At the same time, the number of adolescent health corners increased from 25 to 60.

Madam Afua Turkson of the Research Department of the NPC, stated that there had been increased awareness of the adolescent of reproductive health and related issues.

The involvement and enthusiasm shown by queen mothers in the implementation of the project, she said was encouraging.

GNA