According to statistics from the district Probation office, the cases were registered between January 2020 and June 2021 after the first lockdown was announced by President Museveni following the outbreak of COVID-19.
District has registered up to 2,103 cases of teenage pregnancies within eighteen months.
statistics from the district Probation office, the cases were registered
between January 2020 and June 2021 after the first lockdown was announced by President Museveni following the outbreak of COVID-19.
statistics were obtained from various health facilities where the teenage girls
went for their first antenatal Care.
January to December 2020, 1,343 girls got pregnant while 760 teenage girls were
pregnant between January to June 2021, according to statistics
Betega, the Bushenyi Probation and welfare officer says they have resorted to using
Para-social workers to create awareness through available platforms like radio
stations, community meetings to curb the vice.
says three Sub Counties of Kakanju, Central Division, and Bitooma do not have para-social workers and others need refresher courses to be more equipped
with information especially community challenges brought about by the COVID-19
faults the increase of teenage pregnancies on parents who have failed on their
responsibilities and on what measures to use to control their children who have
developed immoral behaviours.
most measures are not good for parenting and at the end of the day this has
soured the relationship between them and when they have issues the children
fail to open up and share with the parents.
“whom they control…
…parent what next.”//
that the psychological torture the pregnant teenage girls go through needs a lot of
parenting noting that most girls are left to handle the situations alone.
“that psychological l torture….
…social safety nets.”//
Kebaraza, the Maternal and Child Health Officer Sheema district, says because
children spent more time with teachers during school times, parents forgot
their responsibilities and it's the challenges they faced now.
parents have seen it as love for the child not making them do house chores
noting that instead, it has given room for poor upbringing.
Owashaba, Director Action for Youth Development Uganda, says during their research it has been recorded that most of these cases are registered in the rural areas compared to urban areas noting that parents have
contributed much to the increasing number of teenage pregnancies to children who
are left free to have evening walks.
children have been left with many hours of redundancy which has exposed them to
many unnecessary activities she now wants parents to engage the children in
making crafts and those with businesses to have children help them at shops.