MPs urged to fight teenage pregnancies

State Minister for Finance David Bahati

Government has urged  Parliament to come up with strategies on  ending teenage pregnancies which it says is  still high among the girl child in Uganda.

The Minister of State for Planning, David Bahati, while presenting a statement during the World Population Day in Kampala said Parliamentarians can play a crucial role in ending the vice through enacting better policies and guidelines.

The event will be celebrated this week on Tuesday in Busia district.

Bahati said that even though the fertility rate among women has slightly reduced, the country still faces a challenge of teenage pregnancies which is standing at 25 percent for the last ten years.

He adds that the most affected girl child are those aged between 11-13 years and wants members of parliament to assist them sensitize the community to ensure girls get pregnant at the age of 19 years

The Opposition Chief Whip,Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, on his part urged government to celebrate the function in a national way and avoid their usual partisan stunts.

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