Over 600 teenagers became mothers before turning 15, most of them living in rural areas, the Health Ministry informs, being quoted by Mediafax.
According to the aforementioned source, 18,595 teenage girls (up to 19 years of age) gave birth in 2014, of which 12,399 live in rural areas and 5,534 in urban areas. Of them, 662 were younger than 15 years of age when they gave birth, 449 living in rural areas and 213 in urban areas. Another 17,933 were part of the 15-19 age bracket when they gave birth, of which 12,399 live in rural areas and 5,534 in urban areas.
Of the teenagers under the age of 15, most lived in the following counties: Iasi (67), Calarasi (62), Dolj (54), Mures (34), Bacau (32), Sibiu (28), Arges (27), Vrancea and Giurgiu (29). Tulcea was the only county that reported no cases.
Most pregnant teenagers that were part of the 15-19 age bracket lived in the following counties: Dolj (1,443), Bistrita-Nasaud (821), Iasi (782), Mures (499), Vaslui (489), Bacau (448), Prahova (388), Suceava (338), Sibiu (336) and Constanta (333). Tulcea County reported the fewest cases in this age bracket too (namely 2), followed far behind by Bihor County with just 85 cases.