The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF),Nyirasafari Espérance has revealed that 17,500 girls in the 16-19 age bracket got premature unwanted pregnancies in 2016, an unfortunate experience that forced them out of school.
The minister revealed the appalling situation today as she presented the Ministry draft budget of 2017/2018 to parliament. Nyirasafari said the number is worrying and requires fortified interventions to avert the situation.
MP Munyangeyo Théogène expressed concern over the premature pregnancies, calling for immediate action to ward off what she called a social epidemic.
“We have talked about these 17,000 but let’s take it as an epidemic. Counteractive measures may not redeem the situation if it is handled with kid-gloves,” he said.
MP Mporanyi Theobald stressed the need to prioritize efforts of addressing the issue.
“The 17,000 unwanted pregnancies in one year is a worrying situation and reversing it should be a priority.”
Minister Nyirasafari said that much as the boys and men that impregnate young girls will be pursued, the Ministry has allocated part of 2017/2018 budget to take care of child mothers and their children.
“Let’s not ignore the fact that culprits (fathers) should be brought in the equation. How does the Ministry of Health work with police to bring a culprit to book when a child begets at such early age? We want information about the culprits and establish the mechanisms of bringing up the children,” she said.