62 teenage pregnancies reported last month

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:30

New statistics are shedding light on just how bad the problem of teenage pregnancy has gotten. 

A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has been told that every month at least 62 teenage girls between the ages of 13 to 19 are reported as pregnant.

Committee chair, Senator Paul Richards says that based on the statistics, for a five-year period, 570 girls ages 13 to 16 became pregnant, while for the same period there were 2,907 cases of girls ages 17 to 19 getting pregnant.

He says the statistics about who is fathering the babies of the teen girls are equally troubling, with men over the ages of 20 and 30 being responsible.

But while there is enormous data about the teen mothers, committee members were perplexed as to who the fathers are, since that information was lacking.

Director of Child Affairs in the Children's Authority, Safiyah Noel admitted that such information often remained a mystery.

She said that in some cases the fathers are from the community or the home.

Officials also lamented the level of under-reporting as many girls may abort their pregnancies and others lie to health officials about their actual age.

Officials say that in addition to pregnancies, risky teen sexual activity is another major worry.