Young people in Rivers State urged the government to be more sensitive to their needs by providing an enabling environment in health centers and more enlightening programs to reduce drug use, violence, violence and other vices in the state.
Speaking in separate interviews with The Tide on the sidelines of the Annual Monitoring Priorities/Implementation Plans Workshop for Adolescents organized by the Rivers State Department of Health in collaboration with the Federal Department of Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Port Harcourt recently, some adolescents who attended the workshop noted that Greater attention to the needs of adolescents and young adults will help in the development of society.
Mr. Okwua Ezekiel stated that the three health facilities in Orogbum, Ozuoba and Mgbudunku visited during the teenage program had very limited free space and no easy access for young people to receive advice or treatment as they wanted to maintain their privacy.
Ezekiel, who is a youth champion in the state health department and represents the local government area in Port Harcourt, noted that the government should help create free space for teens in these health centers so that more teens are willing to visit these centers for treatment and counselling.
He pointed out that health care providers in these centers should be young, friendly and cooperative, unlike the elderly, who are often harsh in their behavior towards adolescents, adding that the centers focus only on teenage pregnancies, pregnancy and rape, and there is no counseling for teenage girls. Substance abuse, ideologies, services for male teens and access fee of N800 for card/volume may not be affordable for teens.
However, he demanded that the government preserve the building that was made available to the teenagers by the Charlton Adolescent Health Initiative at the Urugbum Center which has been converted into family planning again for the use of adolescents. I presented my curiosity like those of teenage rape cases.
He also instructed the government to make more efforts to disseminate information to teens in both public and private schools about the consequences and effects of these vices that teens indulge in, adding that the government can partner with brand companies, especially during holiday seasons to talk to them. Teens about these vices.
According to him, “The ministry should focus work on the Deobo axis and other sensitive areas in the country with a high rate of culture and drug use among adolescents and young adults. Also, the police should be trained not to abuse adolescents, especially around the Mile One area.” He pointed out that the actions of The police sometimes push these boys to join the sects,” he said.
Another young woman, Miss Catherine Dassousy, said there was an urgent need for the government to reduce cases of drug use by teens which are the basis of crime and violence in the state.
Dassuri, who is also a youth champion representing Gokana LGA, has appealed to bodies such as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to help the teens more by providing funds to reach these young people.
She also noted that “parents have been part of the problem because some don’t have time for their children, don’t know how to take care of them or even give them advice.”
Religious bodies have also been tasked with allocating more time to educate teens in their pens on everything they need to know, including sex education.
Nonetheless, Dassoosi expressed satisfaction with what the state health department is doing with regards to teens, even though they need to do more to help the young ones.
She explained that as a young champion representing the ministry in Gokana, LGA, she provides counseling to young people aged 13-24 in the three wards of Bodo and Gokana.
“I go to churches on Sundays or youth days/programs. By 2pm I visit student social clubs or elite groups. On Mondays and Wednesdays I go to schools in the area for advice to talk to them about abstinence, and ICT issues Sexual contact, gender-based violence, pregnancy, family planning methods, dogma, alcoholism and drug abuse.
By: Ebinabo Ogulu
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