Trans Nzoia: Health officials launch mission to tame teen pregnancies

Community health workers incorporated in the exercise

Students of St. Raphael Big Tree secondary school follow proceeding during a sensitization forum aimed at curbing teenage pregnancies among learning institutions in Trans Nzoia County. Photo/Courtesy
Reproductive health officials in Trans Nzoia County and partners have launched a sensitization exercise aimed at curbing cases of teenage pregnancies among school going learners in the region.

The programme involves holding​ sensitization​ talks with students in both primary and secondary schools within the five sub counties.  The learners are enlightened on how to ​evade​ temptations.

“We have taken a step to sensitize​ them​ on the need to avoid sexual relationships​. The cases are currently at 49%​, “said the county’s reproductive health coordinator Bett​​y Khaemba.

Mrs. Khaemba said the sensitization events also seek to ascertain the​ ​​root causes that are leading most of the girls to fall victim to the pregnancies that affect their learning. Some of the partners are from Mariestopes

The exercise was launched at St. Raphael Big Tree Secondary school in Kiminini constituency where the principal Nancy Khaemba said the situation is rampant in mixed day schools.

“We rely on parents and guardians to ​guard​ the girl​​s when they are not in school since perpetrators take advantage of ​them in their absence​. We currently have eight cases,” said Mrs. Khaemba.

She said the school has set up a support system for pregnant students who are taken through counseling and ​are also ​assisted to access prenatal care services at public health facilities.

“We also talk to other students against stigmatizing their colleagues who are pregnant. We sensitize them on the need to ​understand ​that ​while ​they erred​, ​they have a chance to​ ​rectify that if they are disciplined,” said the principal.

Village elders in the region termed night ​discos at ​​homesteads with funerals popularly known as ​​Disco Matanga as the major avenues through which the girls are impregnated by men who entice them with money.  

“Bad influences through peer pressure and poverty are also major catalysts for these vcases. Parents and guardians should avoid habits that expose their girls to this vice,” said Kanani village elder Gilbert Walumbwa.