Officials in Kabale have announced that the district registered a total of 2618 teenage pregnancies in the last seven months.
Alfred Besigensi, the Ag. District Health Officer says that the 2,618 are part of the 17,309 total pregnancies the district has registered in this period.
Besigensi explained that the cases captured are only those of the mothers that reported in health facilities in Kabale district for antenatal care.
He attributed the continued cases of teenage pregnancy to laxity in the role of parenting that has favoured moral decay among teenagers, the Covid 19 lockdown that led to the closure of educational institutions, poor attitude towards family planning, alcoholism, defilement and severe poverty levels.
Besigensi says authorities in the district have embarked on sensitization of communities through radio talk shows on the negative outcomes of teenage pregnancies to both the mother and a child.
He said this trend could accelerate maternal deaths, child mortality, increase school drop outs, child neglect among other outcomes.
He also encouraged parents to always monitor their children’s movements and spare time to share, discipline and shape the morality of their children.