ROXAS City – A forum on teenage pregnancy was held here to raise public awareness on the risks of early pregnancy to both mother and baby.
Adolescents must learn the risks of teenage pregnancy to protect both the mother and the baby, said Dr. Leah Del Rosario of Capiz Provincial Health Office.
“We should not compromise the health of the baby and the mother,” Del Rosario told the participants of the forum on teenage pregnancy and reproductive health organized by the Commission on Elections, Philippine Information Agency and Capiz Association of Government Public Information Officers. Students of Capiz State University-Roxas City Main Campus attended the event.
She said teenage pregnancy is a global issue.
Del Rosario said that 13.6% of females began child-bearing from age 15 to 19 years old and 67 percent of females 15 to 19 years old got pregnant a second time in less than 2 years.
In Capiz, the incidence of teenage pregnancy in 2016 reached 1,639, which is higher than the 1,305 incidents in 2015.
Other implications of teenage pregnancy are social exclusion, greater reproductive health risks, increased risk of poverty and increased risk of maternal and infant mortality.
The student’s forum was held in line with the Women’s Month celebration in Capiz. (PIA Capiz)