Conceptualising peculiar attributes and issues of the “endangered group”: making a case for holistic adolescent-focused preventive health services in health facilities in Bayelsa State

Davids Kellybest Ibasimama1*
1Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Dr. Davids, Kellybest Ibasimama; +234 806 326 3545; jolkeldav@gmail

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Background: Adolescence is defined as the transition period from puberty to legal adulthood with several challenges which adolescents battle with likening them to an ‘endangered group’. This group appears to be often neglected with regards to holistic health attention. Such observed neglect can be addressed through a comprehension of their peculiar attributes and implementation of National policy guidelines for Adolescent health services by relevant stakeholders including public health facilities.

This viewpoint aims at conceptualizing and elucidating these peculiar attributes and challenges which this ‘endangered group’ faces that impacts on their health decisions and the health of the public thereby making a case for well-coordinated adolescent-focused preventive health services accessible within the four walls of public health facilities and their supervisory agencies within Bayelsa State. 

Health facilities in the state should make efforts to provide youth friendly health services and provide leadership for more collaborations, research and response to Adolescent health issues in line with policy guidelines.

Keywords: Adolescence, Bayelsa State, Youth friendly clinic, Endangered group, Identity crisis, Risky behaviours.
Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):24 – 29.

Cite this article: Conceptualizing peculiar attributes and issues of the “endangered group”: making a case for holistic adolescent- focused preventive health services in health facilities in Bayelsa State. Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):24 – 29.


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