Lusaka nurse reacts to high number of teen pregnancies

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A Lusaka-based nurse has expressed dismay at the recent media reports that more than 5,000 girls under the age of 20 in Chipata, Eastern Province fell pregnant in a space of three months.

Irene Miti Singogo says the nation should be concerned with this fact regarding teenagers engaging or being coerced into having unprotected sex.

She says apart from pregnancy and pregnancy related complications because of their age, these young people are putting themselves at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, dropping out of school and subsequently incurring a number of unplanned expenses seeing that health care is not cheap, among other things.

“Many young girls, especially in rural areas do not have many aspirations for the future apart from being married off, getting pregnant and taking care of their babies and husbands. This can can be attributed to a lack of proper role models within their environments and inadequate educational and recreational facilities. These girls more often than not only have fellow mothers and wives as their role models. They usually do not have much else to look forward to in life,” she said.

Singogo, who is Head of Nursing at Texila American University, a medical campus located in Lusaka, adds “traditional practices are also partly to blame. Young boys and girls who get to puberty are taught several things which include sexual practices, and they go out there aiming to experiment what they are taught.

“That is not to say all traditional lessons are bad, but we should be careful to teach children what is age appropriate and necessary information like the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, risks of early pregnancy, etc, should not be left out.”

Singogo has called on Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Government and other stakeholders to quickly intervene in keeping the girls, and boys alike, busy with education, skills training and recreational facilities.

“Until something is done quickly, not so much will change. It is up to us all to step in and help these young people by letting them know that there is more to life than marriage and having babies. Our approach has to be pro-active and not just word based.”


One Response to Lusaka nurse reacts to high number of teen pregnancies

  1. All women groups and NGOs are concerned with girl-child empowerment – these are the results of girl-child empowerment.

    December 12, 2018 at 11:13 pm

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