20,000 teenage girls give birth daily in developing countries

20,000 teenage girls give birth daily in developing countries

-United Nation Population Fund has confirmed that 20,000 teenage girls in developing countries give birth daily  

-Lagos state government has promised to invest heavily in the education and empowerment of teenage girls

 

20,000 teenage girls give birth daily in developing countries

pregnant teenage girls (photo file)

United Nation Population Fund, (UNFPA) has said that 20,000 teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 give birth daily in developing countries.

Addressing this, the Lagos state government expressed worry over the growing trend of violence against girl child and increasing rate of unsafe abortion among teenage girls in the state.

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In an attempt to curtail this, the state government has vowed to invest heavily in the education and empowerment of teenage girls.

Speaking at an event to mark the 2016 World Population Day with the theme “Investing in Teenage Girls”, Head of Lagos office UNFPA Omolaso Omosehin said that the theme is focused on the vulnerable and neglected girls in terms of planning and statistics.

According to New Telegraph report, the medical expert in his lecture added that the teenage pregnancy has increased to an alarming high of 23 percent.

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This, according to him, has spurred death from complications of child birth labour and abortions to 576/100,000, with 3.2 million engaging in unsafe abortion.

Contributing on this, the permanent secretary, ministry of economic planning and budget, Abayomi Kadri, said that Lagos would do everything possible check the ugly trend.

Source: Naija.ng

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