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Six Teenagers get Pregnant as 5 Catch HIV Daily in Kyotera

Doctor Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer says that the numbers are extracted from the official records of the healthcare services delivery points within the district that regularly transmit their figures to the district central registry.
Members on the Parliament Committee on HIV and AIDS handing over the HIV Prevalence Chat to Kyotera district leaders, the district is facing high rate of new HIV infections and teenage pregnancies

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At least 6 underage girls below 19 years get pregnant on daily basis in Kyotera district during the Covid-19 induced lockdown which led to closure of schools.

  Figures at the district health department indicate that a total of 3,001 cases of teenage pregnancies have been recorded in the area for the last seventeen months since March 2020, when the country was put under the first lockdown. 

  

  Similarly, the district has in the same period also registered 2,603 new infections of HIV/AIDs; giving a daily average of at least five positive cases. 

  Although the statistics are not specific on the age groups in which the new HIV infections were registered, there is a likelihood that many victims of teenage pregnancies acquired the virus as well, as they certainly engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse. 

     Doctor Edward Muwanga the Kyotera District Health Officer says that the numbers are extracted from the official records of the healthcare services delivery points within the district that regularly transmit their figures to the district central registry.  

  He made the disclosure in a report to Members of the Parliamentary Committee of HIV/AIDS who visited the district to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the HIV response and management systems.  

According to Dr. Muwanga the Covid-19 lockdown exposed many underage girls to risky social behaviors which eventually resulted in an increase in teenage pregnancies because of their poor uptake for contraceptives/ family planning services. 

The report observes that the problem was largely manifested in urban centers and at landing sites, blaming it on the parents who relaxed on their responsibilities of closely monitoring and providing guidance to their children in such challenging times when they remained on the loose in the community. 

  However, Dr. Muwanga indicates that their efforts are now geared towards following up on the victims of both circumstances, to ensure that they are enrolled onto either Antiretroviral Therapy-ART and Antenatal support. 

      //Cue in: (Luganda) “district nga bwetukimanyi….  

 

Cue out; ….wa ssente nyingi.”// 

 

According to the Uganda AIDS Commission HIV prevalence rate chart as of December 2020, Kyotera district’s infection rate stands at 11.1 percent, placing it in the third top position of districts in the Central region ranking. It comes after Masaka and Kalungu districts with 11.7 percent and Kalangala district which ranks highest with 18.8 percent prevalence. 

  But Dr. Muwanga explains that besides strengthening service delivery systems in all government health facilities in the district, they are also working closely with other development partners operating in the area, whom they asked to put extra emphasis on addressing the problems. 

     Michael Fredrick Kaweesi, the Kyotera district Chief Administrative Officer has asked the committee members to press the government to revise the staffing and budget structures of lower health centers to enable them effectively attend to the ever-increasing demand for services. 

    //Cue in: “bwogenda ku ky’abakozi…. 

Cue out; …..kumpi nogwa Hospital.”// 

Stephen Kisa, MP for Luuka South Constituency and the Vice Chairperson for the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on HIV and AIDS, says they are equally shocked by the statistics, adding that after their nationwide assessment of the situation, they will report back to parliament which will eventually generate recommendations to the government for appropriate actions.