The Tema Metro Health Directorate, in partnership with Tema Manhean Polyclinic, has initiated the Adolescent Health Advocacy Week to educate young people on critical issues related to the transition into adulthood.
The event, held at the U Chips compound in the Tema East Constituency, targeted students from Christ Bethel Mission International School and Manhean TMA 1 and 2 JHS under the theme “Every Adolescent Counts, Accessible Health for All.”
Ms. Leonora Efua Cudjoe, a Peer Pressure Supporter, stressed the challenges adolescents face, including teenage pregnancy, school dropout, and low weight, emphasizing that causes include bad peer pressure, poverty, and curiosity. She encouraged abstinence or seeking counseling from the Adolescent Health Corner for those sexually active.
Ms. Sethina Attipoe Hornam, a facilitator for Peer Pressure Supporter, emphasized abstinence as a means to secure a better future and prevent STIs. Mr. Hamenya Wisdom, a Peer Support Service Provider, urged students to avoid negative peer pressure.
Ms. Gertrude Quartey, Adolescent Reproductive Health Focal Person for Manhean Polyclinic, advised adolescents to utilize the Adolescent Health Corner for assistance.
Ms. Doris Ocansey, Adolescent Reproductive Health Focal Person for Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate, called on parents to openly discuss sex education with their children at home and during school Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings.
Mr. Joshua Teye Agudah, Assemblyman for Dade Agbo Electoral Area, encouraged students to prioritize their studies and resist premarital sex.
Students like Goodson Bonsrah Addo and Beauty Selassie Dogbegah expressed their commitment to abstinence and focused learning for a better future.
The health providers assured ongoing support through health care facilities and the YMK App, available on Android and Apple stores, providing information from trained counselors.
The Adolescent Health Advocacy Week aims to empower adolescents with knowledge, emphasizing the importance of responsible decision-making for a healthier transition into adulthood.