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Teenage Pregnancies Overwhelm Kabale District

Teenage Pregnancies Overwhelm Kabale District

Kabale district has in the past 5 month recorded 635 teenage pregnancies according to the district probations officer, Monica Muhumuza.

Ms. Monica revealed this information on Friday morning in a Kabale District Board Room press conference. During the conference, herself and other partners were giving important highlights on the Violation of Children rights.

This came as the district prepares to celebrate the Day of African child set for 28th June 2022 at Kigezi high school primary Playground.

According to her findings, Monica said Kabale registered 124 cases in January, 133 in February, 134 in March, 105 in April and 139 in May. She said the cases were between the age of 15-18 and only one case below the age of 15 was recorded.

Among the causes of this surge, Monica cited parents’ failure to take full responsibility for their children to be the major cause. She added that parents need to take necessary provisions to reduce teenage pregnancies among young girls in the district.

The Day of The African Child is an annual event celebrated on June 16th. It is held to honor the memories of students who were killed in Soweto, South Africa in 1976 for protesting education injustice and inequality during apartheid.

Muhumuza said Kabale district chose to honor this day on 28th June 2022 because of the competing programs that were on going on the actual day of 16 this month.

This year’s Day of African Child theme is “eliminating harmful practices affecting children: progress on policy and practice since 2013”.

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