Yosam Ebii’s LCF signs agreement with RHU to tackle SRH
Lira – 32, September 2021: Lango Cultural Foundation (LCF) headed by His Highness Yosam Odur Ebii on Wednesday signed a pact with Reproductive Health Uganda to promote sexual reproductive health.
According to unfpa.org, good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice.
Lango is one of the regions in Uganda with a high fertility rate of 6.1% children per woman, above the national figure of 5.4%
Jackson Chekweko, the executive director in his speech at Margarita Palace Hotel commended the leadership of LCF for boldly tackling the problem of rapid population growth by embracing sexual reproductive health and family planning services.
RHU has its Lira city branch clinic on Obote Avenue manned by Geoffrey Lapat.
“We are all aware that we are living in difficult situations, never before have seen before…domestic violence, never have we seen teenage pregnancies like we see today,” Mr Chekweko said.
He says one in every four teenagers in the country is pregnant or has had a child, adding that the predicament is even worse on Lango sub region where one in three teenagers have a child.
He pledged that RHU would partner with LCF to ensure the community is sensitized on sexual reproductive health and the benefits of having a sizable family which is easy to manage.
On 17 09, 2020, a meeting was held by Lango Cultural Foundation (LCF) to discuss its strategic Development Plan (2020-2025). The strategic plan has since been reviewed to incorporate sexual reproductive health, according to the Prime Minister, Robert Ajal.
Ajal presented the six resolutions at the meeting on Wednesday which among others include integration of health/ family planning, mainstreaming sexual and reproductive health / family planning in the LCF annual work plan and to employ a multi sectoral approach in the implementation of the September 17, 2020 resolution
Denis Otim Otto, the principal assistant secretary at Lira district local government, meanwhile said the rate of teenage pregnancy is alarming with many teenagers thronging health centers, and called on the cultural institution to carry on with more advocacy.
Sam Atul, the mayor Lira city council said the resolutions should not remain on paper but must be actualized adding that the city is hosting over 1000 street kids and yet they have clans that they belong to.
Atul said the kids are wreaking havoc in the city such as thuggery and robbery and he attributes this to “lack of population control”.
“Population pressure is making it hard to execute planning in the city and that even food production has gone low due to pressure on the land for production which has since dwindled,” the mayor said.
Lawrence Egole is Lira’s Resident City Commissioner. He lamented on the moral decadence, citing irresponsible sexual behaviors leading to unwanted babies and said it is increasing the high number of children at Ngetta babies home.
The current maternal mortality ratio in Uganda is 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Infant mortality is 43 deaths per 1000 live births, with 42% of the mortality occurring during the neonatal period.
Aceka says maternal death rate is high among teenagers calling a worrying trend that needs to be reversed.
Lack of awareness, weak laws, poor parenting, and low absorption of contraceptives are some of the causes of teenage pregnancy in Lango sub region according to Dr Aceka.
Speaking after the signing of the partnership agreement, H.E Yosam Odur Ebii observed that the escalation in land wrangles and its related deaths is a result of rapid population growth.
He says he is considering to draft a memo to the court of a judicature to empower the cultural institution to solve land matter that have no criminal ingredients.
“We are also advocating for our people to build along the main roads and trading centers so that land can be left for production services,” the paramount chief remarked.