Cam­paign against teen preg­nan­cies con­tin­ues

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

THE KZN Depart­ment of Health will hold a se­ries of com­mu­nity di­a­logues as part of the con­tin­ued fight against teenage preg­nancy in the prov­ince.

MEC Si­bongiseni Dhlomo said the depart­ment will con­tinue to ed­u­cate women and teenage girls on the ben­e­fits of ab­sti­nence from sex, proper fam­ily plan­ning and seek­ing early an­te­na­tal care for those who are preg­nant.

‘It is be­lieved that 8% of preg­nant moth­ers are teenagers, but they con­tribute 25% to the rate of ma­ter­nal deaths,’ Dr Dhlomo said last week.

‘When girls aged 13, 14 and 15 fall preg­nant, it tends to cre­ate many com­pli­ca­tions.

‘Some of these girls drop out of school and never re­turn, while many are in­fected with HIV and Aids.

‘We need to em­pha­sise the mer­its of de­lay­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, and en­cour­age those who be­lieve they are ready to have sex­ual part­ners, to visit their lo­cal clinic for ad­vice on con­tra­cep­tion.’

This was also re­cently high­lighted by Mand­lazini Clinic nurse, Jabu Buthelezi, who ad­dressed fe­male learn­ers at a young women’s sem­i­nar on the var­i­ous op­tions of con­tra­cep­tion.

MEC Dhlomo fur­ther urged women plan­ning to fall preg­nant not to de­lay vis­it­ing clin­ics.

‘The first visit to a clinic dur­ing the sec­ond or third month is ex­tremely valu­able be­cause this is when the foe­tus starts to de­velop and it may be vul­ner­a­ble to un­der­ly­ing dis­eases if no health ex­am­i­na­tions are made.

‘Many com­pli­ca­tions can be avoided if moth­ers come in early.’ Dhlomo en­cour­aged women to ex­am­ine them­selves for breast can­cer and those over the age of 35 to visit health­care fa­cil­i­ties to get screened for cer­vi­cal can­cer.

KZN Health MEC, Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo

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