Kilifi County government has formed a committee to check on the increasing cases of teenage pregnancies in the County.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday in Kilifi town, Governor Amason Kingi said the committee composed of health, education and gender officers would collect views from the people including parents and provide ways that could be applied to reduce such cases.
Governor Kingi gave the committee one month to collect the views saying the problem required urgent solution as early pregnancy cases had reached an alarming level.
“It’s sad to see a child giving birth to another child whom she cannot feed, clothe or even educate hence, causing poverty to a family,” he said.
This comes a week after Kilifi County Children Affairs Coordinator, George Migosi released a shocking report indicating that 13, 624 pregnancies have been reported among school children aged between 15 and 19 years in the past one year.
The governor also said the County government plan to introduce mentorship program as to address the problem.
“We shall also deploy social workers in every village to mentor families and find out what went wrong in our society,” he said.
By Simon Guruba