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103 Cases Recorded

The Department of Social Welfare through the National Child Welfare Register recorded 103 cases of teenage pregnancy cases from January to September this year. This is a consolidated data from
01 Oct 2015 11:19
103 Cases Recorded
Department of Social Welfare

The Department of Social Welfare through the National Child Welfare Register recorded 103 cases of teenage pregnancy cases from January to September this year.

This is a consolidated data from the Ministry of Health, Police and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The statistics revealed that the youngest was 14-year-old while the eldest teenage mother is 18.

Minister Rosy Akbar said the issue had been ongoing for a long time but the most important thing was how to tackle the problem.

She advised parents to be vigilant of their children’s behaviour and movement and also urged teenagers to be mindful of their actions.

“Parents need to be sure who their children spend most of their time with  their whereabouts, the timing when they go to school, when they come back because many times we’ve seen children in school uniforms roaming around towns and cities during and after school hours,” she said.

“So parental monitoring is very important; of course we have the authorities; we have the Police, teachers and counsellors but all in all parents must be very strict with the children.”

She said although the ministry comes in and supported teenage mothers abandoned by their families the ministry did not encourage such acts.

“We have three pregnant teenage mothers living in homes in Nadi; these mothers receive counselling and support; what we need is to provide family counselling as well so that there is exist strategy for these mothers when they returned to their families,” Ms Akbar said.

“The message must go loud and clear to teenagers as well about the consequences of their actions.

“Of course families are not very receptive of such but we will urge families to maintain the moral values to ensure that our children do not stray on that path.”

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