By: Weswa Ronnie
A report by the Ministry of Health indicates that Mbale District tops in teenage pregnancies countrywide.
Dr. Jonathan Wangisi the Mbale district Health Officer says the report shows that in Mbale District, teenage pregnancies have increased from 10% last year to 20% this year for girls between 12 to 16 years.
Wangisi says a survey was conducted in May this year in different primary schools and homes across the country. In Mbale, Wangisi says Busiu town council leads with 70% of the teenage pregnancies followed by Nakaloke town council.
Bernard Mujasi the Mbale district LCV chairperson attributes the increase in teenage pregnancies to negligent parents and early drinking practices. Mujasi also says the ever mushrooming videos halls have also become a menace to the community.
As a result, Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum in partnership with Mbale Hunger Project is creating awareness about the dangers of teenage pregnancies and encouraging girls to embrace family planning methods.