By Bamutaze Sam Mwanjje
In a bid to establish the causes of rising early marriages and teenage pregnancies in the country, the parliamentary health committee is in Buyende district to address the problem.
In the meeting that sat inside the Buyende district boardroom on Tuesday, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), political leaders, health workers, cultural leaders and other stakeholders agreed to join hands and fight against early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
The deputy chairperson of the Uganda Parliamentary Committee of Health Hon. Joel Ssebikaali (MP Ntwetwe County, Kyankwanzi district) acknowledged that the youths and women in Buyende lack information about family planning which can help them prevent pregnancies.
Ssebikali urged stakeholders to focus on sensitising teenagers about the dangers of early marriages and teenage pregnancies and also encourage them to stay in school. He said that the parliamentary health committee is looking forward to tabling a bill that will help reduce teenage pregnancies in the country.
“As a team, we need to come up with a law that will protect our girls who are being impregnated day and night,” he said.
Kanaku Michael, the LCV chairperson of Buyende district observed that as duty bearers, they will do their best to create awareness in the communities and have the problem reduced.