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Kabale: Teenage Pregnancies Worry Local Leaders

Local leaders in Kabale district have expressed worry over the high number of teenage pregnancies in the district.

Monica Muhumuza, the Senior Probation Officer Kabale District says in 2017 her office received 93 cases of teenage pregnancies and 122 cases as child marriages, which number has grown to 130 cases this year.

According to Alfred Besigensi the Acting Kabale district Health Educator, of the 33717 mothers that went for antenatal care in various health centers since January, 4400 were teenagers, making 13 percent of the pregnant mothers.

He also said that adolescents that are taking up family planning are 526 of the 12208 (0.8%)

This was revealed on Tuesday during a one day workshop at Kirigime guest house organized by Kabale Women in Development [KWID] in partnership with AMREF health Africa.

The workshop intended to find possible ways of strengthening partnership with stakeholders in transforming health systems in communities especially the youths.

Catherine Kyomugisha, the Kabale District Female Youth Counselor and Secretary for works and Social Services says the government needs to establish more youth friendly corners where they can comfortably attain health related services.

Besigensi says youth friendly services are only available at Kabale Regional referral hospital and Kamukira Health Center IV where there are designated youth corners.

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He adds however that the district is trying to ensuring that at least every health center gets such places where youth can confidently get youth friendly services.

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