A total of 8,873 teenage pregnancy cases were recorded at various health facilities in the Ashanti Region between January and June 2018.
Six thousand, two hundred and sixty-nine (6,269) teenagers also delivered within the same period.
Dr Akwasi Yeboah-Awudzi, Regional Deputy Health Director in charge of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said 192 out of the number delivered at the various health facilities were below 15 years of age.
Dr Yeboah-Awudzi disclosed this at the 2018 adolescent health ambassadors camp organised by the GHS in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) held in Kumasi on the theme: “Equipping young people as health ambassadors for sustainable development”.
He said the number has seen a significant decrease as compared to last year which had 18,066 teenage pregnancies; 12,723 deliveries and 254 delivers below 15 years of age respectively at the same period.
He said the directorate has targeted zero teenage pregnancy in the region.
Mrs Adjoa Yenji, Programmes Analyst at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said social media has been a contributory factor to the teenage pregnancy cases.
She said some of the videos and content read on social media sometimes mislead some of the teenagers to engage in sexual activities, leading to pregnancy.
She noted that schools and parents have a role to play in ensuring decrease in teenage pregnancies.
Mrs Yenji the UN said the UNFPA will educate the adolescent to equip them with relevant knowledge on how to develop themselves and impact positively on society.