The County government of Trans Nzoia has joined hands with state and non-state actors to form a multi-sectoral committee geared towards addressing rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the region.
The initiative dubbed Linda Jamii will develop policies that will contain the root causes that lead to the rise in the vice that has seen the education of girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years drop out of school.
“We are committed as a government to finding solutions to this menace through a sustainable policy based process that will in the long run save our youth from this unfortunate situation,” area deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus said.
Dr. Tarus stressed the need to commit resources towards programmes aimed at safeguarding the unique needs of the teenage girls whose absence makes them vulnerable to men who prey on them.
“The county government will make budgetary considerations towards programmes like issuance of sanitary pads to assist the girls. We call on the members of the county assembly to support this bid,” he said.
The deputy governor also called on health officials to offer psycho-social support to girls who have been hit with pregnancies and called on investigative arms
The chairman of the health committee at the area county assembly Daniel Kaburu called promised to come up with a legislation aimed at safeguarding the interests of teenage girls.
“The county government has to protect the interest of the girls who have for long been victims of circumstances of poverty which see them taken advantage of by wayward men,” said Mr. Kaburu.
Area County commissioner Samson Ojwang has in the meantime has directed all chiefs in the region to ensure perpetrators behind teen pregnancies are brought to book to contain the vice.
“The directive by the regional commissioner on teen pregnancies still holds. Chiefs will carry the cross if the number of teen pregnancies in the locations upsurge,” said Mr. Ojwang’.