May 13, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
A Community Health Officer at Yefin in the Nieni Chiefdom, Koinadugu District, has expressed grave concern over the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the area.
Mohamed Kamara told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that since the outbreak of the Ebola viral disease which forced schools to close until few weeks ago when they reopened, they have registered high rate of pregnancy among teenage girls.
He said several sensitization events had been held at the community centre in Yefin for parents and guardians to advice their children to ‘say no to sex’.
“There is still a need for local non-governmental organizations that are operating within that community to continue with their humanitarian task to raise awareness among teenagers to ‘say no to sex’,” he said, adding that such could help reduce the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the town.
Hundreds of teenage school girls were banned from writing public examinations recently, a move condemned by rights activities, but the government says it had taken the decision because pregnant school girls had failed previous examinations, and that accepting them into examination halls would send a negative message to their peers.
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief of Nieni Chiefdom, Foday Jalloh, has urged “stakeholders to help reduce teenage pregnancy in the chiefdom”, as that would help “our children to complete their junior and secondary school education before leaving for tertiary education”.