President Yoweri Museveni while speaking at the World Population Day celebrations at Busia Municipality called upon the nation to “join me in ending this shameful creeping problem” of teenage pregnancy.
The president wondered whether “this high teenage pregnancy” is due to bad parenting, poverty or moral degeneration.”
According to Museveni, teenage pregnancy stands at 25% at national level and 27% in Busia district.
“This means that one (1) out of every four (4) of teenage girls has had a baby before they reach 19 years old. This is not acceptable because it leads to high maternal mortality, cancer and fistula (huge tears of the birth canal because the body is not ready for childbirth),” he said.
Museveni also advised residents of Busia to rise against poor hygiene since 75 per cent of disease burden in Uganda is preventable and personal hygiene is key in this effort
“We know that in Uganda, only 27% of the people wash their hands with water and soap after visiting the toilet. This has serious public health implications for the control of infectious diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other diarrheal diseases. Surely, we don’t need a budget from the Ministry of Finance to sort out this!” he said.
He also assured natives that the government’s next step is to bring as many people as possible out of subsistence economy through organized commercial farming, irrigation, value addition among other strategies.
The also expressed the government’s continued commitment to solve the job issue of Uganda’s youth by focusing in four sectors of Agriculture, Industries services and ICT.