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Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, May 31, 2014

FORMER Health Minister Pita Nacuva believes addressing the issue of teenage pregnancy should involve every person in Fiji.

His comments followed the alarming statistics for last year where 1624 cases of teenage pregnancy were recorded in Fiji.

"To take this holistic approach I agree with the permanent secretary for the Women Ministry who said it should be a concern for every Fijian," Mr Nacuva said.

"I am always concerned with family issues and it is a challenge to parents and every member of our community.

"To raise a child, it has a lot of meaning — a village in a different content — the village, vanua, church and family all have important roles to play. We come from different backgrounds."

He said the issue should also be addressed in churches.

"There should be highlights on the issues, this is no longer a taboo.

"When a girl and a boy goes into a relationship they should understand what is right and what is wrong especially on issues that affect family life.

"Females are vulnerable to this. We need to help parents, it is important that couples are counselled before getting married.

"This is very important because it will continue right to their children and even down the generations."

He added that preventative measures could be taken and the issue could be addressed in Fiji.








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