The adolescent pregnancy rate in Guyana is highest in the hinterland region, according to a recent survey that examined adolescent pregnancies in 2015 and 2016.
In both years, the figures pointed to the hinterland communities as having the highest number of cases.
Dr. Morris Edwards of the Ministry of Public Health revealed the findings this morning at the launching of the survey results.
“We looked at 2015 and 2016. We found that Region One in 2015 had the highest pregnancy rate…In 2016, we found that Region Nine had the highest rate with Region One having the second highest rate. So when you put together, you would find that the Hinterland and Interior locations, have the highest pregnancy rates. Looking at data from the mix, we found that Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine, again the hinterland locations, have the highest birth rates and the highest adolescent fertility rate”, he said.
Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence said there is clearly the need for more work to be done at the government and non governmental levels. She said “the Ministry of Public health must now collaborate with the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs to also address the social determinants that are pushing many of these young persons”
Minister Lawrence said the various factors that play a role in adolescent pregnancies must also be examined and the Public Health Ministry will be focusing on the issue as it moves forward. She also highlighted some of the efforts of her Ministry to ensure teenage mothers return to school and are allowed to continue their education.
The survey was a joint collaboration between he public health ministry, UNICEF and UNFPA