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Parents Blamed for Increase in Teenage Pregnancy :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Parents Blamed for Increase in Teenage Pregnancy

Statistics from the District Health Office indicate that 4,400 girls aged between 13-20 years, became pregnant last year. This year alone, the district has recorded 225 cases of pregnancy among girls aged between 14 and 18.

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The laxity by parents and failure to sensitize children about the dangers of engaging in sexual activity is leading to an increase in teenage pregnancy in Kabale district.

Statistics from the District Health Office indicate that 4,400 girls aged between 13-20 years, became pregnant last year. This year alone, the district has recorded 225 cases of pregnancy among girls aged between 14 and 18.

Kabale District Health Educator Alfred Besigensi says that while parents are spending more time at work, their children are taken up by immorality, often times persuaded by older men.

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Kabale District Probation Officer Monica Muhumuza Nzeirwe says parents have failed to guide their children and prove to them that teenage pregnancies can ruin their future leaving the burden to teachers, who also pay less attention to such non-academic programmes.

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Kabale District Female Youth Chairperson Catherine Kyomugisha says parents must take up their mandate to inculcate morals and cultural values to the children while at home. She decries the failure by parents to develop a relationship which allows their children the freedom to discuss issues affecting them.

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Lillian Kamanzi Mugisha, the Communications and Fundraising Manager of African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) says that though some teenagers get involved in sexual acts resulting into pregnancies out of idleness, parents have also failed to fulfill their role of guiding them to control themselves.

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But, Mercy Namara, a parent from Karujabura in Mwendo parish, Kitumba Sub County says that she feels shy to discuss sex matters with her own children.

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