Emmanuel Elimu, the Senior Probation Officer Bukedea District, says the figures were extracted from Police and antenatal visits in various Health facilities covering the period between April and September this year.
At least 730
teenage girls conceived during the lockdown in Kidongole and the newly created
Koena sub-county in Bukedea District, URN has learnt.
Emmanuel Elimu, the Senior Probation Officer Bukedea District,
says the figures were extracted from Police and antenatal visits in various Health
facilities covering the period between April and September this year.
He says they got concerned after noticing that
almost all the young mothers were reporting from Kidongole and Koena sub
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According to Elimu, they plan to conduct communities meetings to sensitize
parents on teenage pregnancies and defilement, which he says are on the rise. He,
however, notes that they are financially constrained to reach to every
household and compile data on defilement and teenage pregnancies.
Samuel Okurut, the Kidongole Sub County LC III Chairperson,
says there is need to change the mindset of the community and discourage them
from looking at marriage as a source of wealth but rather embrace education
especially of the girl-child.
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Hajji Ramathan Walugembe, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner, says they
have launched a manhunt for defilers to face the wrath of the law. Several districts
have registered an escalation of teenage pregnancies resulting from the
Most parents and local leaders blame the problem on the unprecedented
long holiday and poverty.