FIGHT AGAINST TEEN PREGNANCIES.
Written by admin on July 10, 2020
The fight against teenage pregnancies in Homa-Bay County still remains a challenge to local security agencies during this period of COVID-19 pandemic as blames are shifted to parents for failing to tame their daughters.
Homa-Bay County is said to have recorded over 5000 teenage pregnancy cases between the months of January and June this year with high numbers being witnessed along the beaches of Lake Victoria.
Suba Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mr. Kamau Maina says the fight against the teenage pregnancies has become a headache for security personnel especially at this time when schools are closed due to COVID-19 because parents have failed to restrict the movement of their daughters.
Mr. Maina says that the high numbers of adolescent pregnancies are being recorded along the beaches of the lake with the county.
He says the fight against the menace has been a thorn in the flesh because the majority of the parents do not report the matter to the security officials and instead move their impregnated daughters far away from home to their relatives and after negotiating with suspects to block corridors of justice.
The DCC calls on the parents to take parental responsibility of providing adequate care to their children and monitor their movements to avert them from indulging into immoral early sexual activities.
In Homa-Bay Sub County, Chief for Arujo location Bob Lang’o says that chiefs and their assistants should not be blamed for failing to prevent teenage pregnancies, adding that the problem is being characterized by irresponsible parents and guardians.
Apart from the concerns raised by the local administrators on teenage pregnancies, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) branch led by its chairman Patrick Were says the menace should be fought through concerted efforts.