Teenage Pregnancies Are a Serious Problem

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The Ministry of Health and Social Development’ Family Health Unit, (formerly the National AIDS programme) has placed emphasis on helping to prevent teenage pregnancy as part of its sexual health agenda.

The Unit’s Coordinator, Noelene Levons-Clarke in a televised interview with JTV news announced that the sexual health of youths and other age groups in the Territory is of interest to the newly transitioned Unit.

As it relates to the issue of teenage pregnancy she said: “The Government of the Virgin Islands signed an agreement with CARICOM Heads of State to address teenage pregnancy, it has become a serious concern for the Caribbean, so we are mandated to develop a strategic framework for that.”

In July 2014, there was an issue of teenage pregnancy in the Elmore Stoutt High School. The announcement was made by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn on July 10 during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Rotary Club of Road Town, Follow the Movement and Hope Foundation at Maria’s By The Sea .

In explaining the teenage pregnancy situation, the Minister said it seems that while the attention was on the young men in Territory, things were going wrong with the young ladies: “We are so focused on the young men that a lot of things are happening to the young girls that we are not paying attention to,” the Minister said.

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