In a bid to curtail early pregnancies in primary and secondary schools in Mombasa, the government has been challenged to initiate comprehensive sexuality education program.
A Mombasa based Stretchers youth organisation said it is time the young adolescents get adequate sexuality education that will enable them make fruitful decisions that will avert early pregnancies.
Speaking in Mombasa Stretchers Youth Organisation Executive director Dickson Okong’o said the recent data from Mombasa county government health department is very worrying.
“In 2018 alone the county registered a total of 8,034 early pregnancy cases, this should worry anyone especially parents,” noted Mr. Okong’o.
He said the figures may be high since most of the cases are not reported but solved in a family arbitration cycle while the children are subjected to psychological suffering.
“Remember we are talking of the registered figures only, what about those which were solved underground?” he posed.
20,000 youth targeted
He said the organisation is training youth ambassadors who will create awareness and engage the young adolescents at grassroots level to tame the social problem.
“We are training at least 200 youth who will be mandated to reach at least 20,000 peers by the end of the year to equip them with the message of taming early pregnancies,” divulged Mr. Okong’o.
He said the organisation partnering with Mombasa county is working towards reducing the worrying trends adding that it has drastically affected the education sector in the county.
Okong’o noted such efforts will positively impact the fight against irresponsible sexual behaviours that may result into early pregnancies among young girls in the county.