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601 teenage pregnancies recorded in Chipata from April to June this year

Rural News 601 teenage pregnancies recorded in Chipata from April to June...

The Ministry of Health has disclosed that a total of 601 teenage pregnancies were recorded in Chipata district in Eastern province from April to June this year. Chipata District Health Director (DHD) Charles Fanaka said during the same period, a total of 2,681 pregnancies were recorded in the area.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, Dr. Fanaka said of these pregnancies; 1,248 pregnancies were recorded from women aged 25 years and above. He revealed that 832 pregnancies were recorded from those aged between 20 years and 24 years.

Dr. Fanaka further disclosed that 591 pregnancies were recorded from teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years of age while 10 pregnancies were recorded among girls age 15 years. He said the 601 teenage pregnancies represents 22.4 percent of the total pregnancies recorded between April and June this year.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fanaka said a total 3,064 pregnancies were recorded from January to March this year in Chipata district. He said from the recorded pregnancies, 1 322 women were aged 25 years and above while 1,031 pregnancies were among those aged between 20 years and 24 years of age.

Dr. Fanaka further said 695 pregnancies were recorded from those aged between 15 and 19 years in the first quarter of 2021. He said about 16 pregnancies were also registered from the teenagers aged 15 in Chipata district early this year.

Dr. Fanaka said a total of 711 teenage pregnancies that were recorded in Chipata district from January to March this year represents 23.2 percent of the total pregnancies recorded the first quarter.

16 COMMENTS

  1. A girl child is vulnerable ,,, if they cant be watched and protected, these rod carrying sexual predators will prey on them hence the early pregnancies and STDs. More should be done 600 is too many

  2. We call this negative reporting for bana “Chimusa or alangizi” of chipata. find a solution to this problem it has persistent for the Eastern Province. I suggest we introduce the Community Health Assitant course to school leavers in Chpata and the community should pay for it.

  3. More should be done to support these young girls, I think these communities need help in engaging these young people in other activities and sex education for both girls and boys! No ideas come to mind but the children/teens need urgent support 🙁

  4. Horrible stuff. Imwe anzanga kumawa please protect the girl child napapata. Mutisewanya ndipo mwe! Keep it in the pants, guys. Parents… is there a way you can get the girls to get an awareness of what’s in it when they indulge? Not sure what else to say apa koma mwe.

  5. That`s the problem i have with my traditional cousins from chipata,they always take mutototo in large quantities and these are the results,please protect the girl child especially from Earsterners

  6. It keeps happening in this area – isn’t there sex education in Chipata? Perhaps it’s time for parents to change tact! Those initiation teachings which ‘prime’ juvenile girls for “married sex”, too early in their lives, should be moved to a later age, and done in conjunction with pregnancy prevention education.

    It’s unacceptable, and extremely
    embarrassing, that, this issue should keep happening every year in a mordern age, when local government – particularly, Ministry of health – reproductive Clinics should be involved in stopping juvenile pregnancies.

    Ignoring the problem certainly isn’t wise, as these pregnancies will become human beings that add to National budgetary plans.

  7. Ati ngati pali mauzu pa kapinga, selula bola. In all seriousness, if adults are involved in this then they deserve to detention with hard labour. These sort of people should be used to clean our streets.

  8. The report does not mention the cause. Is it that men are more efficient? Or girls have becone more fertile?Or is it because of Covid or PF?

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  9. @ THE SAINT
    A 19 year old is an adult. Sure. However that’s projecting a western type situation on some people who don’t have the same opportunities. To leave a blanket statement there without finding out what the person’s personal situation is not helpful. Are they being educated? Access to family planning?
    We have that problem here too (notice you have a UK flag) except, here the likelihood of it being a choice is higher.

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