A recent report has shown that, an average of 18,000 teen girls in Malaysia get pregnant each year and seek medical attention at government health clinics according to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said that the total of 25 per cent or approximately 4,500 cases involved out-of-wedlock pregnancy (born of parents who were not married at the time of birth).
“On average, there are 1,500 cases of teen girls getting pregnant each month or 50 cases a day in the country,” he told reporters after the launch of the national-level ‘Generasiku Sayang’ programme by the Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah here today.
The number of girls getting pregnant due to rape, the minister said the number was relatively small.
In a survey (The Global School-based Student Health Survey) carried out by the ministry in 2012 involved teenagers from the age of 13 to 17 across the country revealed that 50.4 per cent of the respondents admitted to have had sex for the first time before reaching the age of 14.
“This issue, if not addressed, will increase the risks of teen pregnancy, which may also lead to other problems, such as abandoned babies,” the minister said.
On the ‘Generasiku Sayang’ programme, Dr Subramaniam said it was aimed at increasing public awareness on the importance of the efforts to prevent teen pregnancy by providing protection to teen girls or women who got pregnant out of wedlock, as well as their babies.