COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: About 250 children below 15 years impregnated daily


Over 644,955 teenage pregnancies were registered across Uganda during the 2-year COVID-19 lockdown – 5 times higher than coronavirus positive cases, according to United Nations Population Fund-UNFP. About 250 children below 15 years got pregnant monthly.

In Western Uganda, Kasese district which was the 3rd in registering high cases of teenage pregnancies nationwide – registered 22,548 cases in 2019, 20 & 21. The Kasese District Health Officer-DHO, Dr. Yusuf Baseke says parents, guardians, schools authorities, government & other stakeholders should work jointly to prevent such cases.

Isingiro 12,409, Kyegegwa 12,737, Kamwenge 8,328, Ntungamo 7,694, Mbarara city & district 6,489, Ibanda 4,733, Sheema 2,583, Rwampara 1,808, Kiruhura 3,525, Kazo 3,535, among other cases registered in the last 3 years across different districts. 1 in 4 girls in Uganda aged 15-19 – making 25% – have had a child, 34% of Ugandan girls are married by 18 years, 28% maternal deaths occur among young girls of 18-25. Young people are responsible for 34% of new HIV infections annually. In 2021, about 31,566 teenage girls got pregnant monthly across Uganda – equivalent to 1,052 daily, and about 250 children below 15 years got pregnant monthly. Experts and some authorities have continuously argued that there is an urgent need to promote Sexuality Education to mitigate this.  Aaron Ainomugisha, Rise News Uganda – Twitter


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