Kwania Registers 5,375 Teenage Pregnancy Cases in 21 Months

A report prepared by police and local leaders from different health facilities across the district indicates that 5,375 cases were registered from January 2020 up to September 2021.
Kwania Chairman Geoffrey Alex Ogwal says police is responsible for a surge in teenage pregnancies (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Kwania district has reported a high incidence of teenage pregnancy in a period of about one and half-year, hence threatening to cut short the pursuit for education amongst girls of school going age.

The information was contained in data presented by the district Probation Officer, Moses Opio, during a district steering committee quartly meeting held  on Tuesday by Plan International Uganda.

According to the data, a total of 5,375 cases of teenage pregnancies was registered in the district from January 2020 up to September 2021.

According to the report, 3,046 cases was recorded in 2021 and 2,329 cases recorded in 2020. Aduku Town Council registered 1,270 cases, Nambieso 976, Chawente 970 cases, Abongomola  registered 955, Inomo 827 and Aduku Sub County recorded 377 respectively.

Moses Opio, the District Probation and welfare Officer blamed both parents and the ineffective justice system for the prevailing crisis adding that if parents were playing their roles well these would not have happened.

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Kwania District Chairman Geoffrey Alex Ogwal attributes the surge to poor parenting coupled with greed for dowry, poverty, peer pressure and by tradition.

He asked the government to work on the welfare of the police officers to boost the  enforcement capacity against the causative vices.

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Emmanuel Oscar Ogwang, the Executive Director Safe Aids Uganda, a local Community Based Organization in Chawente Sub County noted that they have encountered challenges with police officers in managing defilement cases.

He said their efforts to handle the rising cases have been jeopardized by some police officers who demand money from perpetrators of defilement for selfish gains.

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Leonard Agum, the Kwania District Community Development Officer asked parents to closely monitor their children to mitigate the rising cases of gross violations of child rights in the district.

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