A pregnant girl. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

By John Lepeto

Samburu county health department has called for joint efforts by state and non-state actors to reverse the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the region.

This follows revelations by a health survey that 832 underage girls became pregnant between January and March this year.

This means nearly 10 teenagers got impregnated daily within the three months.

Harsh economic times that make young girls get easily lured by men and outdated cultural practices such as forced marriages and Female Genital Mutilation have been blamed for the surge in pregnancy cases.

Youth and Gender Director Ms Nasieku Letipila rooted for a collaborative approach in the fight against teen pregnancies in the county.

She said the social services department will intensify community sensitization on need to abandon the harmful cultural practices.

FGM and early marriages are still on the rise in the county with majority of those who undergo the cut married off exposing them to risk of Gender Based Violence.

The fight faces among others the challenge of underreporting as majority of the victims have no information on where to report the cases to and fear being stigmatised after reporting.

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