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Teen pregnancies in Bintulu was the second highest in Sarawak after Kapit according to State Health Department.

Dr Rodziah Mohamad Rodziah said Kapit recorded 19.6 percent followed by Bintulu at 11.52 percent, Betong (10.9 percent) and Sri Aman (10.7 percent).

Last year of the total 1,489 births recorded in Kapit, 292 were involving teenagers said Dr Rodziah who is also the principal senior assistant director (Family Health Relations Support).

In the same period statewide, a total 42,481 births recorded and 3,547 of them were teenagers!

Dr Rodziah said teen pregnancy had a higher risk of complications to both mother and child.

The lack of sexual education, broken family, peer and social media influences were among the contributing factors in teen pregnancy according to Dr Dalvinder Singh, State Family Health Development Section assistant director.

As such, there was a need to address the issue to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy, he said.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the state Health Department had this year started a one-stop pregnancy centre after observing worrying trend of teenage births from 2011.

The center, which was initially set up at Health Clinic in Batu Kawa and moved to Petra Jaya, aims to provide a support system for teenage mothers and children, before and after birth.