Teenage pregnancies in Ghana hit 555,575 in five years
The rate of teenage pregnancies over the past five years is at a high peak.
More than half a million teenagers are on record to have gotten pregnant over the last five years, data from the Ghana Health Service District Health Information Management Health System (DHIMS) reveals.
Between 2016 and 2020, about 555,575 teenagers aged 10 to 19 years, are said to have gotten pregnant.
Within the five years, 13,444 teenagers between the ages of 10 and 14 got pregnant, while some 542,131 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years got pregnant.
On average, a little over 112,800 teenagers get pregnant annually.
Breakdown of 10 to 14-year-olds’ pregnancies
The annual breakdown for pregnancies involving 10 to 14-year-olds is: in 2016, about 2,325 cases were recorded; in 2017, some 2,585 teenagers got pregnant; and in 2018, the figure increased to 2,968 but reduced to 2,856 pregnancy cases in 2020.
From 2016 to 2020, the Ashanti region recorded 2,165 cases of pregnancies among teenagers under 14. The Eastern region followed with 1,528 cases. Central region recorded some 1,327 cases.
In Greater Accra, some 1,247 pregnancies were recorded. The Western region also recorded 1,156 cases while the Bono East region recorded 881 cases.
Volta region saw some 810 girls under 14 years getting pregnant over the five-year period. The Bono region also recorded some 766 cases.
The Northern region had some 595 pregnancies while the Upper East region followed with 575 cases.
The North West region also recorded 523 pregnancies. Oti region saw some 448 teenagers aged 10 to 14 getting pregnant over the period under review.
Some 434 cases were recorded in the Savannah region, and about 386 teenagers under 14 years also visited the hospital for antenatal checks in the Upper West region.
The Ahafo region and the North East region recorded some 321 and 282 cases respectively in the period under review.
Ashanti – 89,856
Over the last five years, the Ashanti region has recorded 89,856 teenage pregnancy cases. Out of this, a total of 18,461 were recorded in 2016.
This figure dropped in 2017 and 2018 with 18,066 and 17,447 cases respectively.
This trend was bucked in 2019 when the number of teenage pregnancy cases shot up to 18,080.
It, however, saw a decline in 2020 when the number of cases recorded reduced to 17,802.
Eastern – 56,730
Between 2016 and 2020, the region recorded some 56,730 teenage pregnancies.
The report from DHIMS indicates that out of this, 1,528 teenagers were between ages 10 and 14 years while 55,202 were between the ages of 15 and 19 years.
In 2016, the Eastern region recorded 11,968 cases, which represented 14 per cent of the total number of pregnant women that visited the hospital.
It was recorded that about 84,851 pregnant women visited hospitals in the region in 2017. Out of it, some 11,639 pregnant visitors were teenagers.
The figure declined to 11,007 and 10,989 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. In 2020, some 10,865 teenagers also got pregnant.
The region saw a reduction in cases from 2017 to 2020.
Central – 56,443
The region saw some 438,761 women visiting hospitals for antenatal checks over the last five years. A report from DHIMS shows that out of the figure, about 56,443 were teenagers.
Some 1,327 of them were between the ages of 10 and 14 years while 55,116 were aged 15 to 19 years.
In 2016, 12,404 teenagers engaged in early sex, leading to pregnancy. In 2017, about 11,474 teenagers got pregnant, and in 2018, some 11,350 young teenagers were also impregnated.
In 2019 and 2020, the region recorded 10,914 and 10,301 cases of teenage pregnancy respectively.
Northern – 43,533
The region recorded about 43,533 pregnancy cases over the last five years. In 2016, about 8,274 teenagers visited the hospital for antenatal checks.
This figure increased in 2017, with some 8,354 teenagers between the ages of 10 and 19 recorded to have gotten pregnant.