KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded the highest number of teen pregnancy in 2014 with 4,793 cases.
According to the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, the implementation of the Youth Reproductive and Social Health Education Programme (PEKERTI) will give more knowledge and cultivate a positive attitude among the youth, family institutions, and the community in general.
“This programme is launched to increase public awareness, especially for youths who are involved with premarital sex, and not to encourage sex activities among school students,” she said.
Her text speech was delivered by the state Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Hajah Jainab Ahmad Ayid, during the officiating of the closing ceremony for the Sabah Research Discourse for Risk Factors and Protection for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.
She also said parents need to be aware if they are to help in fighting teen pregnancy issue in the state where they must stop from pushing their teenage children into early marriage.
“According to a study, those who married and involved with sexual activities in early age have greater risk in contracting diseases such as the urinary incontinence, which makes it difficult for them to control their bladder,” she added.
Also present were Malaysia LPPKN Chief Director, Dato’ Dr. Siti Norlasiah Ismail. –SayangSabah