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Over 4,000 Teenagers Get Pregnant in Kyenjojo in Six Months

According to the Kyenjojo District Probation Officer, Joseline Mbabazi, the figure is based on the number of girls between the ages of 10 and 19 who sought antenatal care services at different heath centres.
Joseline Mbabazi.
A new report by the Kyenjojo probation office shows the district registered 4,178 teenage pregnancies between January and June this year. 

According to the Kyenjojo District Probation Officer, Joseline Mbabazi, the figure is based on the number of girls between the ages of 10 and 19 who sought antenatal care services at different heath centres.

The report shows the highest number of teenage pregnancies, 2,580, was registered in the first half of the period between January and March. 

Of the 15 Sub Counties and Town Councils,  Kyenjojo Town Council had the highest number, 694, followed by Bukaaki Sub County with 493. Nyatungo Sub County had the least with 'only' 40 teenage pregnancies.

Even though the Kyenjojo LCV chairperson, William Kaija, says he has not yet seen the report, he notes that the district leadership last year embarked on a sensitization campaign and he hopes the cases will drop soon.

"We were moving around villages sensitizing parents and children about dangers of teenage pregnancies, and that campaign is still on," Kaija says.

Across the country, several districts recorded a surge in teenage pregnancies in the last six months after learning institutions were closed due to Covid-19 outbreak.