Central Province Health Director (PHD), Charles Msiska, says there is need to introduce and educate pupils in schools on sexual reproductive health.
Dr Msiska disclosed that so far adolescent groups have been formed in schools, with a view to help sensitise pupils on the risks of HIV and AIDS, maternal deaths and also on the importance of using contraceptives.
Confirming the development to ZANIS in Kabwe, Dr Msiska said a group of young nurses and other health workers are on the ground piloting the initiative in vulnerable districts of Central Province such as Luano and Ngabwe.
“These adolescent groups and peer groups that have been formed will also help teach the girl child on dangers of abortions, among other things’’ he said.
He added that lack of information on sexual reproductive health is abetting the escalation of illegal abortions which he said often times resulted in loss of lives especially among young girls.
He said he is optimistic that the groups will play an important role in teaching against early marriages and the importance of abstinence from sexual activities.
Meanwhile, Dr Msiska has called on the church to partner with the Ministry of Health in linking people to health services and preaching abstinence from sexual activities.
And Dr Msiska noted that the church is made of people among them youths and is better placed to integrate health issues in their programming for the congregants in order to achieve a healthy population.
“The church plays an important role in linking people to health services, it is an entry point for people to access health services and must tirelessly work to supplement government efforts” he said