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March 4, 2017

Teenage pregnancies down by 428 cases in Sarawak last year

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Teenage pregnancies dropped by 428 cases in Sarawak in 2016. — Reuters file picWhile teenage pregnancies dropped by 428 cases in Sarawak last year, state welfare, woman and family development minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah is far from happy.

She wants the statistics to go down even further as the state has among the highest cases in the country.

Last year, Sarawak recorded 2,481 cases as compared to 2,909 in 2015.

Speaking at a media conference here today, Fatimah said education and prevention programmes against teenage pregnancy which started last year, would be further intensified.

“We will specially focus on those areas where this social problem is prevalent, based on feedback from the health department.” Fatimah said of the total number of cases last year, 1,553 involved those aged between 15 and 17; 122 in the age bracket of 10 to 14; and four as young as 12.

On ethnicity, she said teenage pregnancies were highest among the Ibans at 1,257, followed by Malays (518) and the Bidayuhs (189).

Source : @ Bernama

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