Trans Nzoia County Government in partnership with Germany Foundation for world population (DSW) has rolled out an initiative dubbed “Linda Jamii” geared towards reducing the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the county.
This comes amid reports that Trans Nzoia has registered 11,842 pregnancies this year.
Speaking in Kitale during the launch of the programme early this week, Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor Dr.Stanley Tarus revealed that the county government has set a side funds to help educate young girls.
Under the programme stakeholders will come up with educational programmes aimed at increasing the reproductive health care knowledge.
They will also supply sanitary towels and other material across the county
The Deputy governor revealed that through the department of health, the county government has strengthened the counseling department to help address the psychological effects among the affected teens to ensure that they go back to school when they open without victimization.
Speaking during the event, DSW coordinator Maureen Oduor linked relatives to the menace that she said has grounded the lives of many young people.
The county Reproductive health coordinator Selpha Amuko said Out of the figure, Cherangany sub-county leads in the number of girls between the age of 10 and 19 registering an increase of more than 51.7%, Saboti 47.4%, Kiminini 40.4%, Endebess 38% and Kwanza 16.1%, In the ages of between fifteen and nineteen however Kiminini leads by 3,000 cases Saboti has 2424, Cherangany 2, 157,Kwanza 2,017 while Cherangany has 1878 cases in this category.
Trans Nzoia County Assembly Health Committee Chair Dr. Daniel Kaburu said there is a need to have a youth financing programme to help in empowering the idle youths.
He said the county assembly will not hesitate in upscaling the budget allocation to health in order to curb the issue.