Teenage pregnancies in Nandi County still on the rise

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Teenage pregnancies cases are still on the rise in Nandi County a situation which has been linked with child dependency rate to be the main cause.

This is according to the Chief Executive Committee Member of Health docket in Nandi County Ruth Koech, where she revealed that reports indicate that over ten thousand school going girls between the age of 15—19 delivered between the months of January and May 2021 a clear indication that teenage pregnancies are still on the rise in the region.

Koech blamed the vice to have been fueled by the state of child dependency in Nandi especially in slum areas and tea estates where school girls come from poor and vulnerable family backgrounds.

She added that there is need for all the stakeholders to put their concerted effort together to ensure the problem is eradicated once and for all for the safety of the girls.

The CEC revealed that there is need for the government and the Ministry of Education to chip in and offer a lasting solution to such cases which has destroyed the future dreams of many young girls.

The rampant teenage pregnancy cases among school going girls was triggered by long holidays as a result of the global pandemic which forced the closure of learning institutions.