LIBERIA: Teenage Pregnancy Affects Economic Growth, Rep Youngblood

Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood has alarmed over the high rate of teenage pregnancy among the youth population of Liberia.

Representative Youngblood observed that23% of females get pregnant before the age of 15, noting that this undermines the growth and development of the Liberian economy.

The Montserrado County Lawmaker made the remarks Thursday at a program marking the launch of the National Condom Promotion Campaign organized by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and partners held at the Monrovia City Hall.

She emphasized that teenage pregnancy and single motherhood are affecting the growth and development of the country’s economy, noting that if  part of the population that should be contributing towards the socio-economic development in the near future are found wanting, this will affect economic growth.

She stressed that the usage of condoms will prevent unwanted pregnancies and also prevents sexually transmitted infections and diseases among the young people.

Representative Youngblood observed that the call by young people for generational change in the governing process of Liberia can only be realized if they remain healthy and prepared to take responsibility of governing the nation.

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