Parents and guardians have been charged to ensure that their children get sufficient sex education when they are still young.
They were also advised to be friendly with them in order for young ones not to fall victims of sexual embarrassment and harassment.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Health in Osun state, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and other health experts gave the charge at a programme tagged: “Re-Orientation Training on Sexual Reproductive Health of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Service-Plot Project “of Rotary International held at Royal Continental Hotel, Osogbo recently.
Isamotu explained that adolescent stage is a stage in which both young girls and boys would want to feel among their peers by involving in unlawful sexual intercourse which may lead to an unwanted pregnancy and at the end ruin their careers.
To forestall this, the commissioner advocated for need for teenagers to be enlightened on sex and its consequences before others would capitalise on their ignorance and take advantage of them.
He therefore appreciated the Rotary International for bringing this kind of training to Osun noting that the State Government under the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola would not undermine the importance of youths to the society.
While delivering his lecture, Rotarian Akindele defined adolescence as a transition between childhood and adulthood adding that it is a period in which, although no longer considered as a Child but young person.
Rotarian Akindele explained that the health of adolescents must be taken to cognizance and they must be empowered in order to be saved from unwanted pregnancy which may endanger their lives. He further reiterated that youths must be educated on sex.
In his lecture, Pharm. Adebisi Adenipekun disclosed that Children should be educated by their parents on Sexual intercourse while they are still young. He explained that young people are not problem to be solved, but resources to be developed.
Adenipekun further stated that young people represent a positive force in the society, therefore, changes are needed in order for health services to become youth and Adolescent friendly. He said health services play a specific roles in preventing health problems and responding to them.
He further stated some of the issues affecting Adolescent to be injuries, trauma and violence, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and pregnancy complications, mental health, substance use, non communicable diseases among others.
Some of the participants are Director, Public Health, Dr. Gbenga Adepoju, Director Nursing Services, Dr. Alo Omoyemi, Mrs Peju Laogun among others.