Thursday April 10 2014

Fistula blamed on teenage pregnancies

Ms Nakadama (L), and Ms Caroline Okao Amali, the

Ms Nakadama (L), and Ms Caroline Okao Amali, the state minister for Micro Finance at a recent function. Ms Nakadama says Fistula is on the increase due to rising child pregnancy. Photo by abubakar kirunda. 


MAYUGE- The state minister for Gender, Ms Rukia Isanga Nakadama, has blamed the high cases of Fistula in the district on teenage pregnancies.

She said a recent survey by the Parliamentary Committee on Health had revealed that more than 20 child mothers in Mayuge were suffering from Fistula.

“It was found that a number of pregnant girls below the age of 18-years were getting complications during delivery and hence getting Fistula,” she said.

The minister made the remarks recently while speaking in Wamulongo village in Mpungwe Sub-county during celebrations to mark International Women’s Day.

She attributed the high number of early and teenage pregnancies in the district to defilement.

Last year, Mayuge Resident District Commissioner, Ms Margaret Manana Mbeiza, urged the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, to push Parliament into endorsing a death penalty for defilers, saying police records between 40 and 50 defilement case per month.

She called upon parents to take keener interest in the protection of their children.

The government has in recent years blamed parents for abetting defilement especially in rural areas.

According to Ms Nakadama five who were recently arrested in Mayuge for defiling school girls in Lubu village, Wairasa Sub-county were released by police without any charge.