Dr Daniel Ssentamu, the Kalungu District Health Officer says that their Reproductive Healthcare status report indicates that pregnancies by underage girls below 19 years are contributing an average of 18% of overall statistics of expecting mothers who seek antenatal services in the area; a figure he says is worrying.
The Kalungu district health department is battling with unsafe abortions
due to a persistent increase in teenage pregnancies.
Dr Daniel Ssentamu, the Kalungu District Health Officer says that
their Reproductive Healthcare status report indicates that pregnancies by
underage girls below 19 years are contributing an average of 18% of overall
statistics of expecting mothers who seek antenatal services in the area; a
figure he says is worrying.
He explains that a substantial number of the teenage girls who are
getting pregnant are choosing to abort the foetuses, and are using rudimentary
methods that cause them serious complications.
Dr Ssentamu indicates their health facilities are also noticing an
increase in cases of young girls seeking post-abortion care services, some of
whom with serious complications.
He says the problem has largely been reported in the sub-counties
of Bukulula, Lukaya, and Lwabenge. He adds that more cases could be unreported
in the communities.
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Cue out: ….gona amalala.”//
It is estimated that over 4,000 teenage girls in Kalungu district
have become pregnant during the closure of schools caused by the outbreak of the
Dr Ssentamu also says that parents have also resigned from the
responsibilities of guiding and guarding their children. He says that studies
have also established that a number of these teenage pregnancies are a result of
incest and rape.
Sharifah Kajumbi, the Kalungi District Female Youth Councilor
indicates that the majority of the teenage mothers who have given birth are
currently struggling to take care of their children.
Kajumbi says that it is high time the government and community
leaders openly encouraged the use of contraceptives among teenagers as an
appropriate method of preventing unwanted pregnancies and unintended
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Cue out; …..obulamu bwabwe
Ahmed Nyombi Mukiibi, the Kalungu LCV Chairperson says that they
are reminding parents of their responsibilities to protect their children. He
adds that they have entered into partnerships with the different non-government
organizations to mobilize the youth on responsible living and reproductive
The 2020 Performance Monitoring and Action Survey by Makerere
University School of Public Health, established that 44% of the pregnancies
registered that year in Uganda were accidental, largely due to poor uptake of
available birth control methods in the country.