Trans Nzoia County government formulating bill on reproductive health

Postinor-2 or P2

County Health Committee Member Mrs Claire Wanyama said the bill will aid in completing the sexual offences ACT by developing mechanisms of addressing the root cause of the pregnancies that rose during the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic

By Sirengo Namasaka

The county government of Trans Nzoia is formulating a reproductive bill that will aid in reducing teenage pregnancies cases that have been on the increase in the region for the past year with school girls mostly affected.

The county’s health committee member Mrs Claire Wanyama said the bill will aid in completing the sexual offences ACT by developing mechanisms of addressing the root cause of the pregnancies that rose during the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic.

“We have noted that the numbers of teenage pregnancies are on the rise that is why we are coming up with a legal framework that will aid in curbing the vice to safeguard our girls from early motherhood,” Mrs Wanyama said.

The county assembly will welcome legal frameworks aimed at curbing the rise of teenage pregnancies in the region with affected girls having to drop out of school while perpetrators walk scot-free- Nominated MCA Ann Ciku

The CEC also said the bill which will be tabled at the county assembly of Trans Nzoia for legislation will also address the use of contraceptives to ensure there is an increase in family planning among married couples. “Contraceptives are key in family planning methods. Only 45% of residents who are women use contraceptives for the family while the rest shun the plan over myths that the methods are unsafe,” she said.

Men were accused of leaving the family planning burden to women owing to cultural beliefs that women should take responsibility for reproductive health since they are the ones who carry the pregnancy.

Nominated MCA Ann Ciku said the county assembly will welcome legal frameworks aimed at curbing the rise of teenage pregnancies in the region with affected girls having to drop out of school while perpetrators walk scot-free.

“We are alarmed with a rise in cases of teenage pregnancies in our schools. We must get to the bottom of this matter through both legal redress and other ways of reducing the vice to guarantee the kids a better future,” said Ms Ciku. College students were accused of abusing contraceptive pills with most of them overusing emergency contraceptives popularly known as Postinor-2 or P2.

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