district authorities have raised a red flag over the rapid population growth
there. According to information from the district, the population in Pallisa stands
at over 400,000 from 270,000 people in 2014.
officials say the rapid population increase has pilled pressure on health and
education services and lowered the living standards in the district. Dr.
Godfrey Mulekwa, the Pallisa District Health Officer, says that the majority of the
residents leave in abject poverty since many people are peasant farmers.
the huge population growth on the low uptake of contraceptives among mothers
despite the presence of family planning facilities. Dr. Mulekwa explains that
the uptake of family planning remains low with the use of contraceptives
standing at 31%.
the slow uptake of family planning services to the lack of skilled health
workers and misconceptions by men about the side effects of the family planning
methods. According to Dr. Mulekwa, the population growth wouldn’t be a problem,
but most parents in the district can’t sustain their families and children in
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Pallisa District LC V Chairperson, Patrick Duchu attributes the population
increase in the district to the previous insurgencies in the neighbouring
districts of Teso, which forced many people to settle in Pallisa district. He
says the problem is so serious and needs intervention like increased mass
sensitization to boost family planning uptake.
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Some men in
Pallisa say that they cannot allow their wives to enrol for family planning
because of their side effects, which in the end stops them from giving birth
again. Augustine Bukuudi, a resident of Pallisa town council, says that he
stopped his wife from enrolling on family planning services because most of the
women with problems with their uterus were on family planning.
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Bruno Okili, a Boda boda rider within Pallisa town council and Moses Okurut, a
mechanic blame the rapid population growth on idle youths and unemployment in
the district. They say that most of the youths spend time having sex with their
partners due to lack of work.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.