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NFPA bemoans teen pregnancies

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By Wezzie Gausi:

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative Won Young Hong has said with the outbreak of Covid-19, a lot of girls are getting pregnant before they are mature.

She said her organisation is committed to helping the country fight such challenges during the period.

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UNFPA has since donated assorted items to the Ministry of Health to help women and girls in the fight against Covid-19.

The donation is meant to help in Sexual Reproductive Health issues.

As partners, today we are formally handing over equipment and supplies that will be useful in the management of various health challenges facing this country, Hong said.

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Receiving the donation, Deputy Minister of Health Chrissy Kanyasko said the ministry has a big responsibility that requires support from partners to fight the coronavirus,” she said.

“Covid-19 has strained the health system. This is a pandemic which the government alone cannot handle. We are relying on support from our partners.

“So today is another great day as the ministry is receiving this donation from UNFPA. This will go a long way in the fight against the pandemic and other health issues associated with the pandemic. For sure, we cannot rule out how women and girls have been affected. So we will see to it that this group of people is our priority in the fight, against the pandemic, Kanyasko said.

Among the donated items, are three ventilators to be given to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, 2,400 pieces of plastic buckets with taps to promote hand washing practices and 10 anesthesia machines.

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