ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG PEOPLES HEALTH IN NIGERIA 1990- 2015; MATCHING THEORY WITH PRACTICE
Ogbonna Brian Onyebuchi
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined „adolescent‟ as persons between the ages of 10 and 19 years, and “young people” as those between 10 to 24 years. They face peculiar problems and are the potential work force of any nation. This adventurous and daring group is vulnerable to juvenile delinquency, sexually transmitted diseases, single parenting, or orphanage. They are among the determinants of the future of any nation and could herald positive developmental changes when impacted positively to achieve optimum mental and physical development to maximize their academic potentials. This study described the state of adolescent health to generated information for further studies on adolescent health in Nigeria.
Keywords: Adolescent, policy, public health, vulnerable group, Nigeria.
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