Oct 18, 2016
The Primary Health Care state Minister Doctor Joyce Moriku Kaducu, has faulted authorities in the central region districts for not committing enough efforts towards fighting teenage motherhood that is rampant in the area.
Doctor Moriku, who was speaking at the Masaka Diocesan Health Assembly on Friday, observed that compared to the others parts of the country, the central region districts are still performing poorly in terms of addressing teenage mothers which puts the future of country at a great risk.
The highly concerned Minister explained that her inspection tours around the various health facilities in different parts of the country exposed her to undesirable realities of teenage motherhood in the central region.
According to the figures at the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA one in every four girls in Uganda gets pregnant below the age of 18 years.
The Population Secretariat indicates that of every 1.2 million pregnancies recorded in Uganda annually, 25 per cent of these are teenage pregnancies. The percentage translates to more than 300,000 teenagers who get pregnant, which directly accounts for the bulk of unwanted pregnancies, with all life- threatening consequences both to the mothers and newborns.
Doctor Moriku noted that the central parts of the country are largely responsible for the worrying figures that threaten the country’s aspiration of realizing a highly productive future generation.
“Two weeks ago I made an impromptu visit to Palisa district, out of the Ten pregnant mothers I meet there 6 were between the age of 10-18 years, however when I got to a deep health facility in Mityana district, none of 15 pregnant mothers that had turned up for antenatal care was above 18 years, all the five I got in the labor ward were teenagers. This explains the extent at which the problem is affecting our communities. We need to collectively do something to address the challenge” she noted, adding that the situation was no different in Mubende district.
To her, about 54% of all pregnancies in the central part of Uganda are a result of defilement and other related evils.
The minister attributes the problem to high degeneration of values systems in the country, thereby appealing to the church leaders to use their spaces and championing the revival moral standards in their communities.
“I am sure you (Clergies) can ably complement the available efforts and end this vice. The problem of high school dropouts is real and when it comes to the fishing areas and urban Centres is becomes worse because even the parents have abandoned their roles of nurturing and guiding children,” she added.
The Minister was on the other hand was pleased with campaign by the Masaka diocesan bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, who is championing responsible health living among families in his area jurisdiction.
In the campaign the bishop together with priests in the diocese chose to openly prioritize health education through open talks and competitions as well as routine community health camps in the area.
The Bishop however asked government to increase on the Primary Health Care funding to church founded health facilities to improve their functionality.
The diocese operates 33 health facilities, with independent Hospitals which are categorized as Private but not For Profit service providers
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