By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In its effort to reduce the rising increase of teenage pregnancies especially among adolescent girls, a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Hope for the Village Child Foundation is partnering with some healthcare centres in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State by helping to create space for the Adolescent girls to get access to adequate information on Sexual and Reproductive matters, which is non-existence in schools, homes and even communities, tagged, “Safe Spaces for Adolescent girls to access information on sexual and reproductive health”.
This disclosure was made by the Co-ordinator/CEO of the foundation Ruth Barrera when she paid a visit to the Local Government Chairperson Hon. Hajiya Kadijah Ladi Yahuza at the Council’s Secretariat to intimate her of the foundation’s desire to create awareness amongst teenage females.
According to her, “it has become necessary going by the rising rate of teenage pregnancies in our communities and the spate of rape cases also been experience. If these girls had access to basic information on sexual and reproductive health, their pregnancies might have been avoided”.
“Lack of information from schools, parents and communities have led some of these girls to their untimely deaths owing to bad abortions”.
Barrera explained that the foundation which is also working with another NGO, Rise Up for Girls, and Women and Adults is determined to take girl-child issues seriously. “We are already working at encouraging girl child education/enrolment and it has started yielding results.”
On her part, Hon. Kadijah Ladi Yahuza the chairperson of Chikun Local Government pledged the Council’s support for the project while adding that the problem of pregnancies amongst young girls and the rise in rape cases had actually been giving her sleepless nights.
“I applaud you for your project and also thank you for using Chikun Local Government Area as your take off point.” I will do everything in my capacity to support, even bring the commissioner for Health into the fore-fold”, she stressed.
The partnering health facilities are: General Hospital, Sabon-Tasha, Kujama Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) and Maraban Rido Primary Health Centre. They are expected to Create Places for Sexual and Reproductive health information especially for adolescent girls