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About 800 cases of teenage pregnancies are reported monthly in West Pokot

About 800 cases of teenage pregnancies are reported monthly in West Pokot since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in the country in March this year.

This is according to records by the Kenya District Health Information System.

A total of over 10,000 teenage pregnancies have been reported in the county since March last year.

NTV reported that eight girls in the county delivered in hospital while writing their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination recently.

West Pokot has been ranked third county in the country with the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases at close to 30 per cent.

The county is also reported to have a low family planning uptake methods at eight percent due to cultural belief.

A child protection officer, Teresa Cheptoo, blamed the high pregnancies rates to the practice of some outdated cultures such as the outlawed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

 “We have been taking every possible measure to prevent FGM by speaking to children, young girls and their mothers as well as constructing safe houses where they can seek protection from the practice,” she said. 

 

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FGM NTV Teresa Cheptoo West West Pokot

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