- 18, 000 teen girls in Malaysia get pregnant every year
- 1, 500 cases of teen girls having abortions at any given month
- 50 cases a day
According to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, over 18, 000 teen girls in Malaysia get pregnant every year and seek medical supervision as well as advice in health clinis.
He stated that of the total, 25 per cent or approximately 4,500 cases were cases of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
At the launch of ‘Generasiku Sayang’ programme by Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, he told reporters that there are 1, 500 cases of teen girls having abortions at any given month and over 50 cases a day
When asked about cases involving girls that had to carry out abortions from pregnancy through rape, he stated that the difference in the statistics was significantly smaller.
He announced that teenage pregnancy or early childbearing are unlikely to negatively impact a woman’s health though there are significant risks in the child having a pre-mature death.
A survey carried out by the Global School-based Student Health in 2012 revealed that 50.4 per cent of teenagers aged 13 to 17 had consensual sexual intercourse. A large majority of which had sexual intercourse by the age of 14.
“This issue, if not addressed, will boost a risks of teen pregnancy, that might also lead to other problems, such as deserted babies,” he said.
The ‘Generasiku Sayang’ programme focuses heavily on open recognition on a significant level in an effort to forestall teen pregnancy.
The programme will build care and support centers for teen girls or women who are pregnant out of wedlock. These centers will aid these young mothers financially and mentally and prepare as well as support and guide them for their journey to motherhood.
Sources : BERNAMA