Kavetuna worried about high teenage pregnancy rate

Kavetuna worried about high teenage pregnancy rate
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The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services has expressed concern about the high teenage pregnancy rate in Namibia.
Speaking during the launch of the Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) 'Teach One, One Teach All' project at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Regtion, Juliet Kavetuna said it was a worrisome issue seeing that the ministry had made provision for free contraceptives.
The project is an initiative of the Tonata People Living with HIV and Aids (PLHA) organisation.
The organisation was identified to offer training to women and youth in the Ohangwena and Omusati Regions on HIV treatment, adherence, nutrition, as well as sexual reproduction by the Organisation of African First Ladies, through the office of First Lady Monica Geingos.
Kavetuna said despite Government providing condoms that were freely distributed everywhere in Namibia, there was a shocking percentage of young people dropping out of school because of pregnancy.
She added that pregnancy was not the only concern as it also meant that if young people were not using protection, they were at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.