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Wave of Pregnant Teenagers Overwhelms Osukuru Health Center III

Imelda Musungu, the midwife at Osukuru Health Center III says that they are currently receiving over 50 teenage mothers who go at the health facility for antenatal care services per week. They are aged between 12-19 years and they are from Osukuru sub-county and neighboring sub-counties in Tororo district.
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The high number of expectant teenage mothers seeking antenatal care services have overwhelmed Osukuru Health Center III in Osukuru sub-county of Tororo district.

Imelda Musungu, the midwife at Osukuru health center III says that they are currently receiving more than 50 teenage mothers who go at the health facility for antenatal care services per week.  The mothers are aged between 12-19 years and they are from Osukuru sub-county and neighboring sub-counties in Tororo district.

According to Musungu, the number of expectant mothers who come at the health facility to get antenatal care health services has now risen to over 1,050 per month compared to around 560 per month in last year.

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Musungu says that they have opted to give more attention to the expectant teenage mothers at the health facility. Although some of them can give normal deliveries, other teenage mothers are failing to give birth and are referred to hospitals so that they undergo operations.

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In an interview, one of the expectant teenage mothers Robinah Namutosi aged15 years  says that was convinced by an engineer working in Tororo cement factory. She realized that was pregnant in February this year and the engineer promised to marry her.

She has hope of going back to school after giving birth once government opens schools.

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Betty Amaasi, a resident of Osukuru sub-county attributed the increased teenage pregnancy in the area to the closure of schools. Amaasi says that most of parents have failed to take care of their children and left them to move freely whereby girls now meet men who ask for sex and ends up getting pregnant.

She appealed to the government to allow schools to open as the only alternative to reduce the high number of teenage pregnancies in the area.

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Awalayi Ibasse, a parent whose 14 years old daughter has a 4 months pregnancy says he is facing difficulty in taking care of his daughter’s pregnancy as well as providing home necessities.

Ibasse says that the children are now big headed that they have failed to listen to their parents' advice, and when it reaches evening hours you find children on the streets with men who ends up asking for sex and impregnate them. 

He says that the best way to reduce this challenge is by the government opening schools.

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John Okea, the L.C.V chairman Tororo district told our reporter that they addressed the concern of high teenage pregnancy in the district and the council is intending to come up with stringent measures that they hope will help to mitigate the challenge.

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