Church of Scotland Hospital fights against teenage pregnancy

2016-08-03 06:00
Zenzele and Mabonja High School pupils at the Church of Scotland Hospital event.

Zenzele and Mabonja High School pupils at the Church of Scotland Hospital event.

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A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness in the community about the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies was hosted by the Church of Scotland Hospital on 21 July.
Teenage pregnancies negatively impacts on many aspects, particularly education. About 900 people from the community and Zenzele and Mbonja High School pupils were present as the Department of Health launched the programme, in conjunction with other departments covering various services that are youth-friendly.

Department of Health personnel highlighted various methods and services which can be accessed at local clinics or government health facility, free of charge to prevent teenage and/or unplanned pregnancies.
A “Happy Hour” initiative was established at clinics to provide the youth with a platform where they can empower each other and also be empowered by the staff who are trained on how deal with youth-related matters, from facility level to referral of different stakeholders with the aim of assisting youth to overcome challenges affecting them.

During the programme department officials asked questions about the presentations that were held to ensure that pupils understood the subjects.
Pupils who answered the questions correctly were given prizes as a token of appreciation. However, it was also made clear to the youth the most valuable prize they could be given was the information and advice presented that day.

Teenage pregnancy is recognised as a serious problem among young people and pupils should not allow poverty and age-disparate relationships to unwanted pregnancies.

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