Teen pregnancy awareness raised

2016-11-03 06:01
Pupils from Nkosibomvu Secondary in Tongaat encourage the youth to abstain. Photo: supplied

Pupils from Nkosibomvu Secondary in Tongaat encourage the youth to abstain. Photo: supplied

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THE increasing number of teenage pregnancy among 13 to 15- year-old girls in Hambanathi is alarming, and some already being on ARV treatment. This is according to a report from Hambanathi clinic.

Chairperson of the Hambanathi Clinic Moses Mabaso said the high number of teenage pregnancies in the area encouraged them to raise awareness in order to educate pupils and parents about HIV pandemic.

“According to the statistics from the clinic, girls from as young as 13 are on ARV treatment. We have noted that most of the pupils are dating men who are older than their fathers.

“The intention of the workshop was to educate our community and pupils and make them aware about the high teenage pregnancy in Hambanathi.

“This forces them to drop out from school,” he said.

Mabaso urged parents to work in partnership with teachers in order to root out the social ills within the community.

A representative from the Medical Research Council, Phindile Guga, told parents and pupils about the importance of HIV prevention.

Pretty Ndlovu from Hambanathi Clinic said: “Our main focus was to raise awareness about the high rate of pregnancy in girls who default on their ARV medication [once they discover they are pregnant]. We have noted that children fall pregnant and some are HIV infected. As the clinic we want to address the problem and educate the community about the dangers of not adhering to ARV treatment once a patient starts taking medication,” she said.


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