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

Download full article in pdf format

Abstract

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.

REFERENCES

  1. UK Essays. Stages of Human Development. Available from: https://www.ukessays.com/essays/psychology/stages-of-human-development.php?vref=1. Accessed August 7, 2020.
  1. Marcell AV. Adolescence. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.
  2. United Nations. Convention on the rights of the child. Treaty Series. 1989;1577:3. Availble from: https://treaties.un.org/pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-11&chapter=4&lang=en. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  3. Raimi MO, Abdulraheem AF, Major I, Ebikapaye O, Bilewu OO. Public Health Impact of Substance Use on Adolescent: A snapshot of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Am J Biomed Sci & Res. 2019;4(3):183-196.
  4. Odeyemi KA, Onajole AT, Ogunowo BE, Olufunlayo T, Segun B. The effect of a sexuality education programme among out-of-school adolescents in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Postgrad Med J. 2014;21(2):122-127.
  5. Central data. National Bureau of Statistics. Available from: http//www.nigerianstat.gov.ng. Accessed August 6, 2020.
  6. Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. National strategic framework on the health & development of adolescents and young people in Nigeria, 2007-2011. Abuja, Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Health; 2007. Available from: https://www.prb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/National-Strategic-Framework-on-the-Health-and-Development-of-Adolescents-and-Young-People-in-Nigeria-2007-2011.pdf. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  7. Odeyemi K, Onajole A, Ogunowo B. Sexual behaviour and the influencing factors among out of school female adolescents in Mushin market, Lagos, Nigeria. Inter J Adolescent Med Health. 2009;21(1):101-109.
  8. Casey BJ, Jones RM, Levita L, Libby V, Pattwell SS, Ruberry EJ, et al. The storm and stress of adolescence: insights from human imaging and mouse genetics. Dev Psychobiol. 2010;52(3):225-235.
  9. Davids KI, Oyeyemi AS, Mariere UI. Risk Assessment and awareness of preventive measures against Hepatitis B among young graduates in Bayelsa State NYSC orientation camp at Kaiama, Bayelsa State: A descriptive cross-sectional study. Yen Med J. 2019;1(1):1-9.
  10. Ukegbu PO, Uwaegbute AC, Echendu CA, Ejike C, Anyika-Elekeh JU, Victoria Uzoamaka Asumugha VU, et al. Obesity and associated factors in young adults attending tertiary institutions in south-eastern Nigeria. South Afr J Clin Nutr. 2017;30(2)43-48.
  11. Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. Assessment Report of the National Response to Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigeria. Abuja, Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Health; 2009. Available from: https://www.actionhealthinc.org/publications/docs/Assessment%20Report%20of%20National%20Response%20To%20Young%20People%27s%20Sexual%20and%20Reproductive%20Health%20in%20Nigeria.pdf. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  12. Dhall A. Adolescence: myths and misconceptions. Health Millions. 1995;21(3):35-38.
Scroll to Top
× Chat