Annet Kyomuhendo, the District Probation Officer says for the year 2020 they registered 408 girls and for the year 2021 there has been an increase and they have registered 606 girls. She blames this on the continued closure of schools.
Sheema district authorities have registered a
record of 1,014 teen pregnancies in 18 months.
Annet Kyomuhendo the district Probation Officer
for the year 2020 they registered 408 girls and for 2021 they have registered
606 girls and these are between the ages of 13 and 19 years.
She says the data is collected from the district bio-statistician who also gets it from Health Centers noting that the number
given is for those that attended antenatal care.
However, Kyomuhendo says they are worried the
number could be higher than this considering that some don’t go for antenatal
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Kyomuhendo says on the positive side the number
of those that have given birth at health centres is also increasing, meaning at least they are delivering safely.
Kyomuhendo, says much as the focus is put on the
girls, but also the boy child is affected because they are also infected with HIV
AIDS noting that about 55 teen children both boys and girls were found HIV
She blames this on an increase in Gender-based
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Edrida Kebaraza, the Maternal and Child Health
Officer Sheema district, faults parents for not being responsible in the
upbringing of their children noting that the challenges a child goes through
also affect the parent.
She encourages parents of pregnant children to
give them company to health centres for an antenatal checkup.
Jolly Natukunda, Headteacher Kashaka girls School
says that increased poverty at household levels have driven girls into acts of sex, as they to lack of basic needs
She agrees that teen pregnancies have been around
but were very low before, noting that since the closure of schools the numbers have shot
high, hence their agitating for schools opening.