girls in Busia district are accusing health workers attached to various health
facilities of harassment whenever they seek family planning services.
to the teens, the health workers are rude and often block them from accessing family
planning methods of their preference.
girls say that most of them have been embarrassed, which has forced them to
shun health facilities to access family planning services to protect them from
unwanted pregnancies and infections.
Nabwire, a teen from Sikuda sub-county, says that they now fear approaching
health workers in some health centers to seek advice because of their rudeness.
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Exodus Kiza, another teen says that they want
district authorities to open youth friendly corners in the health facilities.
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came to the fore during the district Baraza held at Madibira primary school playground
last week with the aim of empowering youths against teenage pregnancies and
reduce cases of gender-based violence-GBV in the area.
district has registered more than 9,000 (29%) cases of teenage pregnancies in the
last 18 months. Dickson Wamayina, the Busia District Environmental Health Officer,
who represented the District Health Officer, confirmed the complaint.
said that medics often become rude to teenage girls who use smartphones to
google information about family planning methods and go with misleading
information to the health centers, which they want health workers to use.
“We are in the digital era but there’s no
health worker who can leave out what he was taught and begin following
unreliable and unprofessional information got from the internet when providing health
services. Whoever goes to a health center to get family planning services
should always follow the guidelines given to her by a health worker but not use
information from the internet,” said Wamayina.
also noted that medical workers find it a challenge that the teenagers walk into
health facilities during evening hours when they are tired. Carolyne Amoit,
the Senior Community Development Officer- CDO Busia District, says that there
is a need for both parents and other stakeholders to come up with measures of
mitigating the use of social media among teens.
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Annah Ajambo, a resident appealed to the teens to
go for family planning methods that are recommended for married couples.
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Abbu Baker, the communication officer of Men Engage,
a non-government organization that supports youth empowerment in the area, says
that they have registered several complaints of harassment from youths.