| Khal Baharulalam & Sim Y H |
ISSUES pertaining to reproduction remain a pressing concern amongst teenagers during the past decade – as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), and teenage pregnancy statistics sky rocket on a global scale.
With the impact not merely limited to health, teenagers would also be prone to societal issues.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), teenagers are more prone to high-risk behaviours in aspects of health and lifestyles – particularly in engaging in sexual intercourse – compared to adults.
“Other than the implications for moral decadence, complications that surface with this behaviour usually result in negative impacts in both short and long term, essentially affecting one’s physical and mental well-being.”
This was observed by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil in her address at the launching of the National Workshop on Reproduction for School Leaders in conjunction with World’s Aids Day 2014, which fell on December 1 last year.
Due to the developing immune and reproductive systems in female teenagers, issues that could arise with teenage pregnancies include Ectopic pregnancies, sterility, premature births and damages to the nervous system as well as the reproductive system.
“Aside from that, teenage pregnancies can also cause depression, anxiety and cervical cancer – all of which can have an effect on a teenager’s future, be in amongst females or males,” she added.
Sixty individuals from all four districts participated in the two-day workshop, which is in line with the initiative to curb high-risk behaviours amongst teenagers which can lead to unwanted STI cases, HIV infections and teenage pregnancies.
The workshop is organised by the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) of the MoH in collaboration with the Curriculum Development Department at the Ministry of Education and the Sultanate’s AIDS Council.
The workshop will be conducted by several lecturers and facilitators from the Curriculum Development Department, Community Building Department, Islamic Dakwah Centre, Health Services Department, HPC and the National AIDS Council.
Yesterday’s launch also saw Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila handing over prizes to winners of the Photo Competition on Instagram which was held in conjunction with the 2014 World AIDS Day.