WES Marks World Population Day With Emphasis On Adolescent Pregnancy

Western Equatoria State (WES) on Thursday marked the World Population Day at the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Primary School in Yambio.

WES Marks World Population Day With Emphasis On Adolescent Pregnancy
Governor Bakosoro addressing citizens at YMCA centre on a world population day in Yambio on Thursday. [Joseph Nashion]

By Joseph Nashion

YAMBIO, 12 July 2013 [Gurtong] –  The occasion was supported and organized by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance with the main theme:  “Adolescent Pregnancy.”

Speaking at the occasion, the representative of Alliance Mr. Francis Ayiga Okayo stressed that his organization is proud to work in partnership with the state government in organizing the occasion more especially on issues of youth at the adolescent age.

 Okayo further said that the episode will contribute in creating a great awareness on issues pertaining increased access to youth services.

The Director of HIV/AIDS at the State Ministry of Health Samuel Timateo called for an end to adolescent pregnancy and warned against early sex which he said leads the youth to early unwanted pregnancy, HIV infections and obstructive fistula.

Timateo said research carried out in the last few years indicates that WES has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate but due to the government’s commitment in eradicating the disease, the last one year has seen the prevalence fall from 7.2% to 6.8%.

Speaking at the same function, the Commissioner of Yambio County Hon. Kuzee John Elia said adolescence in Africa mostly starts from the age of 10-18 years, explaining that the problems of adolescent pregnancy comes from the parents and the adolescents themselves.

He urged parents to take good care of their children and support those at adolescent age and give them good advice. Kuzee also urged all the youth and the adolescents to be and act responsibly and engage in productive activities like games and sports.

The State Governor Joseph Bakosoro Bangasi reiterated the need for parents to take good care of their children more specially girls such that they grow to become good mothers of this nation in the near future.

 Bangasi also said that boys should also be given advice and parents should also have time at least once in a while to teach and advice the youth and the adolescents.

According to Bangasi, it is wrong to teach children of primary school about condoms use because this will lead them to engage to fornication. He called on parents to send their children to school and provide them with food which he said is the children’s right.

Bangasi further said that WES needs a genuine and literate population. The governor concluded by urging each and every parent to love their kids and keep the youth busy with something to do and show them affection.

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