47 teenage pregnancy cases recorded in six months
August 7, 2018 6:25 pm
Forty-seven teenage pregnancy cases have been recorded in the first six months of this year by the Child Services Unit.
Statistics reveal the youngest person to become pregnant this year is a fourteen-year-old.
Assistant Director Child Services Ela Tukutukulevu says the average age of teenagers getting pregnant lies between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, which is an alarming statistic for a country as small as Fiji.
“For the whole of 2017 reported teenage pregnancy was 127 again just reported so we don’t know about the unreported cases, we are just to the mid-year and we have 47 and I am sure there is going to more if professionals who are duty bound to report the cases to the ministry.”
Meanwhile, Psychologist, Selina Kuruleca says teenagers need to be responsible too.
“Talk to your parents, if you can’t talk to your parents than have a conversation with adults in school that you trust with your counselor, with your school pastor, temple or pundit have these conversation because it is important you have a childhood before you engage being a parent because you are too young for that.”
In the last five years the Unit recorded six hundred and fifty eight teenage pregnancies.
According to the Child Services Unit, the Central Division tops teenage pregnancy cases.