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Interfaith Committee of Kasese joins hands to fight teenage pregnancies

By Kule Joachim

The members of the Kasese District Interfaith Committee have launched a campaign aimed at sensitizing the population about the danger of teenage pregnancies.

The development comes after reports that cases of teenage pregnancies are currently on an increase in the district.  This is evident based the number of teenage girls thronging Kasese Adolescent Centre located at Kasese Municipal Health Centre III.

Denis K. Mbae, the Project Co-coordinator for the Medicins Sans Frontiers that runs the facility told the meeting that was held today at Virina Gardens in Kasese town that they receive between 350- 500 pregnant teenagers seeking medical attention on a monthly basis.

Responding to the information, Rev. Nason Mugisa, the South Rwenzori Diocesan Secretary, who represented the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Nason Baluku, pledged to implore the clergy to integrate messages aimed at sensitizing the parents and teenage girls about the dangers of early marriages and pregnancies.

Bishop Francis Acquirinus Kibira of the Catholic Diocese of Kasese observed need for the family heads to set up standard rules governing the operations and movements of their children.

Sheik Nasibu Musenene, who represented the Muslim Community, underscored the need for the religious leaders to also ensure that they sensitize and caution the people against drug abuse which could be the leading cause of immoral practices.

Rev. Ezra Mukonzo Yongeza, the Chairperson for the Kasese District Interfaith Committee encouraged the religious leaders to continuously sensitize the masses about the dangers of teenage pregnancies and early marriages.

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