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.
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
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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
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.
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
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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.