A CONTRIBUTING factor to the high teenage pregnancy cases in the North is the lack of parental guidance, says divisional medical officer Northern Doctor Pablo Romakin.
Dr Romakin said parents were the custodians of their children and should value their teachings and guidance to their children.
He added that teenagers who became parents at young age were known to have experienced greater educational, health, social and economic difficulties than young people who were not parents.
"It's only proper for parents to look after their children and counsel them properly and this has been an ongoing plea that we are stressing to parents," Dr Romakin said.
"Some of the principal risk factors associated with teenage pregnancy are socio-economic deprivation, limited involvement in education and low educational attainment to name a few.
"The Health Ministry is hard at work to educate our younger generation on this social-ill issue through training such as family life education and it's only wise for parents to take the first step and look after their children well."
He said parents should discipline their children at an early stage because their teachings would guide them while growing up.
"The onus rests entirely on the parents to master their children's attitude at a young age because whatever they impart to them will make a big difference in their lives when they are mature."