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Teenage mother who delivered a premature baby desires to resume schooling

 

A minor who delivered a premature baby at five months in Kisii County one year ago has appealed to well-wishers to assist her resume learning as her grandmother is not capable of caring for them and her twin brother

 

The 16-year-old orphan (name withheld) who got pregnant while in Form-one also pleaded with the school principal to allow her to move to the next class saying she has been learning at home while nursing the baby.

 

Speaking at their home in Bomachoge Borabu Sub County, the young mother said that although she dropped out in form-one, she is capable of joining the next class because her twin brother had kept her abreast with the curriculum, and that she has been studying at home.

 

She explained that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up so that she can help children to achieve their dreams and avoid early pregnancies for girls.

 

She recalled how she was assisted by doctors at Kisii Training and Referral Hospital where the baby was placed in a nursery for over half a year.

 

Her grandmother (name withheld), implored the government take stern action against defilement perpetrators.

 

Pauline Moraa of Daraja United Women and Youth Empowerment volunteers, which assists in rescuing victims of gender-based violence, called upon the Judiciary to fast-track defilement cases to ensure victims got justice.

 

Moraa called on the community to stop hiding the perpetrators but instead join other stakeholders to bring justice to defilement victims.

 

Kenya Primary School Heads Teachers Association, Kisii County chairman Ezron Onsoti urged the government to train teachers in guidance and counseling to equip them with psychosocial skills needed for learners and parents to provide basic necessities for young girls.

 

According to Africa Data Hub statistics, adolescent mothers aged 10 to 19 accounted for 21 percent of all antenatal care attendances in 2021, a decrease from 427,135 cases of teenage pregnancies reported at antenatal clinics in 2018. 

 

While statistics show that the number of teenage pregnancies has decreased by 26 percent, the figure remains high at 317,644 as of 2021.

 

In addition, the Ministry of Health indicated that between January and February 2022, they dealt with 45,724 cases of pregnant adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years.

 

National AIDS Control Council Gusii region coordinator Steve Omollo decried the rate at which teenage pregnancy was rising saying it was an indicator of rising HIV/Aids prevalence cases.

 

He noted that girls who get pregnant are abused by both the people they know and strangers.

 

 

Source:KNA

 

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