Act now

Editorial Comment, Saturday January 25, 2014, The Fiji Times

YES, teenage pregnancy can be prevented (FT 23/01). I fully support the work done by the Lautoka-based NGO Empower Pacific for its counselling efforts regarding this challenge. Indeed the most important thing is for parents to generate a lot more awareness in the home.

I mean let's take away the taboo mentality that we have and tackle this problem.

Of course feelings are a human nature but it is only through awareness that our teenagers can control themselves.

Parents can focus on decision-making and the advantages of taking thoughtful actions in life.

We need to help them to see the reality in such situations.

This is not the time to beat around the bush but instead let's tackle this problem head on.

Focus on life issues such as teenage pregnancy and the preventative measures. It is better to nip the problem in the bud.

Dealing later with young people whose pride had been shattered is a lot more painful and demanding.

Parents, the time to act is NOW!

Joeli Naleca