“Parents have left their children without taking very good care of them and this has made children go astray and hence, gearing up the rate of teenage pregnancies,” Mugongoro sub-county LC3 chairperson says.
By Okello Jesus
Kumi – 21, July 2021: Teenage pregnancies and child marriages are rampant in Mugongoro sub-county in Kumi district during the ongoing 42 days of Covid 19 lockdown.
The sub county is experiencing a rise in the numbers of teenage pregnancies and child marriages according to leaders.
Stephen Odongo, the LC III chairperson disclosed to TND News that he visited Mukongoro health center III and found out the Health facility is full with child mothers and teenagers who are pregnant.
He noted that the sub county is highly hit with the issues of teenage pregnancies which have gone out of control by the leaders.
He, therefore, called upon parents to advise and be close to girls who are back from schools so as to help to mitigate the rampant rate at which teenage pregnancies are escalating.
He further cited that cases have spiked up during this lockdown since schools have been shut down and girls are at home and redundant doing no work.
But if they are redundant and staying at home, why is the spike?
Over the same issue, Odongo noted that parents have left their children without taking very good care of them and this has made children go astray and hence, gearing up the rate of teenage pregnancies.
Despite the fact that parents are the most contributors to the spike in the numbers of teenage pregnancies, Odongo disclosed that the girl child is also to blame for the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies between them.
“When we interviewed one unidentified minor about why she chose to go into affairs which has resulted in pregnancy, she explained that schools are now closed and she sees no future in staying at home waiting for nothing,” the sub-county leader told this publication.
“She further noted that her poor parents have struggled to raise money and paid her during the first lockdown but schools were shut down and the money were not refunded, and the second and third lockdowns also came when her parents had cleared her school fees so they now have no money if school re –opens so the only option is to get married.”