Save Ghana Foundation; a Ghanaian NGO says the numerous liquor and aphrodisiac advertisements are to blame for the alarming rate of teenage pregnancies in Ghana.
Public Relations Officer of the NGO; Kwame Afriyie explains that radio and television space is now dominated by alcohol companies advertising their products. These adverts dwell on sexual performance; something that attracts the youth.
“Liquor is a big challenge in our society now and the youth are unfortunately at the receiving end”, he explains to rawgist.com’s Kofi Doe Lawson.
“It would seem as if the only thing that matters in life is sexual performance.To an outsider it may seem that the only ailment in Ghana is sexual weakness.”
Save Ghana says the country cannot turn a blind eye to the increasing trend of sexual drive drugs and alcoholic beverages being advertised on both radio and television adding that it is one of the contributory factors to teenage pregnancies.
“The combination of liquor and sex is dangerous for young people. This danger is exacerbated by the all day schedule of the adverts.”
Save Ghana Foundation wants the government as well as all stakeholders to do something about the situation.
He calls on the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, the Standards Authority, Food and Drugs Authority and other mandated institutions to step up and help check the trend.