Murang’a County looks to the church as teenage pregnancy rate hits 30%

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The department of health in Murang’a has written to the leadership of local churches seeking assistance in containing teen pregnancies in the county.

Local churches in Murang’a county have been urged to help curb the skyrocketing teenage pregnancies in the county.

Health Executive Member,  Joseph Mbai explained that the increase in the number of young girls getting pregnant is a serious matter which members of the community need to tame.

“From  January to March 2019, the pregnancy prevalence rate among girls aged below 19 years was 34 percent. With the current trend there will be so many teenage mothers by end of the year,” said Mbai, adding that is if nothing is done; the rate is likely to hit 40 percent.

A recent county report revealed that in 2018, the number of pregnant girls aged between 10 and 14 who visited local medical facilities was 141.

In the same year, those who sought antenatal clinic services in government health centers were 6,192.

The  health executive  reflected that in year 2017, pregnancy rate among young girls was at 26 percent. Last year the rate  increased  to 30.4 percent .

Mbai  notes  that teen pregnancies do not only affect girls’ education but also poses health risk to the young girls.

“High blood pressure, anaemia, low birth weight, depression, high rate of infant death among other negative health effects are likely to affect pregnant girls aged below 19 years,” added the Health Executive.

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