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School pregnancies straining clinics

2011-02-23 11:08

Durban - The high pregnancy rate in KwaZulu-Natal schools was putting pressure on the province’s public health institutions, the health department said on Wednesday.

“The MEC (Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo) is really worried about school pregnancies because they put a burden on our clinics,” said health spokesperson, Des Motha.

He said Dhlomo would open two clinics on Friday in KwaZulu-Natal’s Umziwabantu Municipality where the school pregnancy rate was high.

“There were 123 pregnancies in three schools in Umziwabantu Municipality last year alone. That number is too high,” said Motha.

There were 83 pregnancies in Jolwayo High School, 14 at Kwambonwa High School and 26 in Xekeza High School last year, he said.

Dhlomo would open an R8.5m clinic in Kwambonwa and a R5.5m clinic in Sontombe on Friday.

Motha said government was not only worried about the burden caused by the pregnancies but also about the health of pregnant school children.

Dhlomo felt pupils were not ready to be parents.

Comments
  • Dougalan - 2011-02-23 11:11

    This is what happens when you pay people to have babies (Child grants).

      nobodyneedstoknowme - 2011-02-23 11:33

      And a president that condones promiscuity instead of abstinance. Makes a mockery of safe sex and is a sexual biggot. We may understand these things but the youth is completely misguided. It was uncommon to hear of many pregnancies in the 90's at schools but these days its monkey see moneky do..... As a youngster, you want to be accepted more than anything else and if having a kid while at school will give you that status because everyone else has kids then the "if you can't beat em join em" saying reigns supreme.

      Subzer0 - 2011-02-23 12:05

      Dougalan do you have children perhaps? How much do you think it takes to raise a child plus feed yourself etc if this has to do with the money only. Such a simplistic way of looking at things really.

      EchoTango - 2011-02-23 13:03

      Dougalan you are so right, how often have you heard about men exploiting young girls for the the child grands or girls falling pregnant just to receive the child grand and then dump the babies or just leave them to be raised by the grandparents? I think also its worth mentioning certain rumors that came from a PAC member that the porous borders and the child grands were all deliberate policies implemented by Mbeki to increase the black population here is South Africa.

      Eveready@24.com - 2011-02-23 13:15

      AGREE, AND EVERYBODY IS ON THE BANDWAGON ABOUT "AFRICA'S POOR, STARVING AND JOBLESS PEOPLE",BUT THEY ARE STARTING MAKING BABIES AT SCHOOL ALREADY AND DON'T GIVE A S$%&T WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTERWARDS.

  • Smaal - 2011-02-23 11:33

    Absolutely! Funny thing is some organizations want the world population to be cut by a third because recourses can’t support the world’s population anymore. Leave it to Africa to pay people to have babies....

  • Melly30 - 2011-02-23 11:34

    This is really shocking... Do they not teach SEX EDUCATION at the schools... Give the school kids the pill... Really disgusting... The youth of today are not ready to be parents... I am a mother of 2 babies and I am battling, how are they going to support these babies!!! WTF!

      DAB - 2011-02-23 11:44

      Unfortunately, it is the way in which the sex education is taught, that arouses these kids. And yes, when you have a President that can't keep his own pants on, what can we expect......

      Spoofed - 2011-02-23 12:09

      They don't need to support their babies like you do melly. the government does it for them. they also don't need to pay water,electricity or rates and taxes. like we do

      ET - 2011-02-23 12:32

      I'm the mother of a 6yr old girl... when she's older, she will be getting the pill (without her knowing) in her juice before she goes to school.

  • AJ - 2011-02-23 11:57

    Everybody should be temporarily sterilised until they are 25, be you a prince or a pauper. At last at that age you have finished school and maybe finished a degree, or started work, or travelled - basically you have a lot more life experience on when would be a good time to have a child, and who you want to have it with. What about our human rights, you say? Screw the rights, they're on hold not being taken away. 1 less baby down a pit latrine or on a dump or down a drain is a step in teh right direction. The current ratio of people to know how to have sex vs those who know who to parent is about 200 to 1.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-23 12:05

      ZUMA should be sterilised for good!

      Phlegm - 2011-02-23 17:04

      Agreed, better still you should sterilized up until the time you can prove that you have sufficient income to support a child! We seem to understand that you cannot keep too many cattle in one field or too many chickens in one run, but the global population grows at rate of 2 people per second, where is the next "field" for the human race going to be when we fill up the one we are currently in/on!

  • jnrb71 - 2011-02-23 12:05

    How on earth can a school child afford (financially) to have a baby?? All they are doing is enslaving one generation after the other to poverty. They will never break out of that cycle.

      AJ - 2011-02-23 12:13

      Instead of sitting down with a future income/expenditure sheet, they just lie down on a sheet instead. Not much planning involved I am afraid on their part. Of course the rest of the nation has to plan how to support them and their folly...(and rewarding them with a child grant is hardly the way I would have gone about it).

      ElgntlyWastd - 2011-02-23 13:41

      Its not only the financial aspect of raising a child. Ive got a 4yr old and there's thimes that Im ready to creap up walls not knowing how Im gonna make it, what Im gonna do. Children are not just some puppy dog that you get for Christmas and conveniently "loose" while "walking" them

  • Elizabeth - 2011-02-23 12:10

    what the frikkadel birh controll is free as in mahala i thought they loved mahala stuff drinkit before you pomp.

  • Ross - 2011-02-23 12:17

    Expell all pregnant schoolgirls. It is unpractical to sit on a schoolbench with a "boepie" and who the hell minds the child afterwards.

      AJ - 2011-02-23 12:19

      I think if a schoolgirl is pregant it becomes even more important to educate her. Costs you and me less in the long run.

  • changeisGood - 2011-02-23 12:26

    I AM STARTING TO BELEIVE IN THE 2012 THEORY....INSANE...

      jareddrak - 2011-02-23 13:21

      Exactly, cos they wanna see how their future babies looks like. Stupid theory told us everything about the world comes to an end in 2012, yes this is insane to mention this to all the people who heard about this, then they got gossips each others and then they started to having babies. My brother bunked at school when he was in Grade 11, because of the 2012, this is not fair to my brother! they better zip their mouth unless they get report from.

  • Brad - 2011-02-23 12:33

    I am waiting for the "lets blame apartheid excuse" to come out. Come on government this is YOUR education system that you put in place. you cannot keep blaming the past for your mistakes. History repeats itself and your time is coming sooner rather than later.

  • rob.vor - 2011-02-23 12:40

    I am totally with Dougalan. Melly30 they do, that is the problem... Most of us here never had that type of eduction so it does not bother you. When or why did parents stop educating their children about the birds and the bees? Seems that when your parents taught you this you where totally disgusted by it... lol Their should have been a punishment method in place for this, and I mean serious punishment. Our parents would not even dare get close to this as it would cause the earth to tear open and hell to rise. Now? Now nothing happens when people are negligent or just plain stupid. Also, consider where we are in the world. This is the mentality of the greatest part of the African continent. Have a baby and government takes care of you. Lovely, then you eventually end up like Ethiopia, where the people are STILL having babies but their is NO way to sustain them. I guess asking "What are you Thinking?!?!?!" is not applicable.... Stop the grants and move that money over to pensioners. Cause it is my understanding that we should take care of our elderly, isn't that priority in most cultures? Secondly, seek a reasonable but strict punishment system for this type of behavior as it promotes unsafe sex and the spread of disease, which coincidentally SA is also one of the WORLD LEADERS in. I mean, we might be a 3rd, more like 33rd, world country and yet we shine in all the wrong areas. Lovely, and we should be proudly South African!?!?! lol

      Melly30 - 2011-02-23 15:02

      Well said Rob.vor :)

  • jnrb71 - 2011-02-23 13:24

    According to a newspaper article I read last year, a Traditional Leader earns a salary of R749,000 per annum. What the *%^#@ are they doing to earn that money? Clearly they don't teach values like safe sex and birth control to the youngsters of which they are the leaders. Should the taxpayers be paying them ten?? Oh and by the way In the USA, the Congress or House Of Representatives consists of 460 members for a population of 300 million. In SA we have 400 members of parliament for 49 million people. So we have a gigantic parliament for the population of the country plus the traditional leaders and by the looks of it nobody is doing their *^#$&*work!!.

      rob.vor - 2011-02-23 16:08

      lol @ jnrb71 Populating a country is work hey!?! lol Just Kidding. Interesting stat between USA and SA. You see, you can go to ALL of these countries and look at how they are structured. These fat cat a-hole politicians believe that they need to live of the people like a parasite. You know what is worst, the people allow it, why? Because the government know their weaknesses. They know that giving you a boawl of food at a 'general rally' and promising you a house will satisfy the vote. I just wish we could educate the masses more with this, and if I just new where to start I would gladly peruse this! Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach him to fish, and he eats for a life time.

  • Baboon - 2011-02-23 16:50

    I really wish AIDS worked a lot faster.

      VM1 - 2011-02-23 19:21

      Hello baboon my pal Do you know your own status ? I would worry about that first -

  • Chantelle Donne Palm - 2011-02-24 13:08

    extremely sad... there is so much education regarding this in schools today...this shouldnt be happening. unless we are paying teachers to educate who are not qualified to educate...

  • Limpopoist - 2011-03-01 07:43

    Now we know which province have highest pregnamcie in school cildren,limpopo it is not that worse...

  • Lischen Mushavhela - 2011-04-04 08:25

    Poverty mentality is killin all these kids. Wish they could see far beyond just having a child and government money that cannot even buy food or nappies for a child

  • thakaali - 2011-04-04 11:53

    "Dhlomo felt pupils were not ready to be parents." YOU THINK!

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