Today’s breakfast meeting with the Ministry of Health officials was followed by the National Consultation -Adolescent Health event which focused on getting first hand information from young persons. Here is Reporter, Sitnah Blease with a report.
Sitnah Blease: “Many young persons throughout Belize gathered today to attend the National consultation for Adolescent Health with its aim to discuss the countries national strategic plan for adolescent health in Belize. The Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisor and Maternal and Child Health Doctor. Natalia Beer spoke of the various issues affecting Belize.”
Dr. Natalia Beer Technical Advisor Maternal and Child Health unit: “It’s a result of many of the different tiers for example economics affect adolescents, poverty affects adolescents, access to schooling affect adolescents, lack of exercise affect adolescents would condition or put them at risk for NCDs and of course the biggest picture affecting adolescents is that related to their sexuality so lack of information and poor quality services can drive up adolescent birth rate which we know is double the worldwide average for Belize. We are at 85 where by the rate is 44 for very thousand females 15-19. HIV we know it’s also affecting young people and other Health issues so it’s a cross cutting issue when it comes to adolescents because everything affects adolescents. But how can we come together and be part of the solution improving the access to services, improving the quality of the services and helping them through this transitional period from childhood to adulthood.”
Sitnah Blease: “Gira Lewis a facilitator at the conference showed why she was honored to be a part of the event.
Gira Lewis: “I am excited and honored to be a part of this conference because it gives me the opportunity to share some of the health issues that is affecting me and some of the peers in my community and being able to help facilitate that process of getting the feedback from people around my age group and finding out what are the health issues from the perspective of the youths is very important.”
Sitnah Blease: “The National Consultation for Adolescent Health was organized by the Ministry of Health, Education and Human Development along with other partners. Reporting for Love News I am Sitnah Blease.”