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Rising Cases Of Teen Pregnancies Worrisome

Rising Cases Of Teen Pregnancies Worrisome

The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare says it is making efforts to protect girls from the scourge of teenage pregnancy.

A report by the Government in 2021 showed that 4 959 teenagers were impregnated between January and February that year.

Furthermore, an additional 1 774 girls got into early marriages, with most cases recorded in rural, farming and mining areas.

Tawanda Zimhunga, director for social development in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, said the Government has stepped in to protect the girl-child. Said Zimhunga:

There is the provision of psychosocial support and counselling to the affected adolescents and their families.

The sessions are conducted to support the girlโ€™s emotional needs, and reduce the impact of trauma during the pregnancy as well as after the pregnancy.

We also have a case-management system whereby files are kept and feedback mechanisms, including follow-up on the child(ren), are possible.

Probation officers in the Department of Social Development are expected to walk the child all the way until their detrimental situation has been resolved.

Zimhunga added that girls who have dropped out of school due to pregnancies can access education through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM). He said:

Under the programme, children who would have dropped out due to pregnancy are supported with school fees, uniforms and stationery to enable them to return to school.

There is also access to financial assistance through the harmonised cash transfers to strengthen vulnerable household economies and ensure childrenโ€™s needs are catered for within the auspices of their home, and the access to food through the Food Deficit Mitigation Strategy programme.

The Constitutional Court recently ruled that the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse should be raised to 18 years from 16.

The court struck down provisions in the Criminal Law that set the age of consent for sexual intercourse at 16 years as unconstitutional.

More: The Sunday Mail


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15 Comments

Mwakusha 2ย weeks ago

Apart from other factors, poverty is contributing immensely to these pregnancies ๐Ÿคฐ


Tkt 3ย weeks ago

@Chimboti Pizza... Mukawana nguva mukwane baba mwana mandir nzwawo. Owe izvozvi uku danana nekamwana Kane 17yrs haisi mhosva hr?
Cabbage remunhu wanzwa ma


Swagger 3ย weeks ago

ngavabaiwe jadell kuzvikoro ikoko problem solved


Jorijo 3ย weeks ago

What if they get impregnated by fellow pears. Vanoisana Vega vana zvongonzi tisu madhara nooooo. Madhara toseeenzesa **** nokuziva kuti ijeri. Nhumbu dzose vanege vachotamba pachavo kozo impliketwa isu. Maloya nemwi vechalidhi protection ovai netsitsiwo nesu madhara,,, chikumbirowo zvangu


๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฏ๐™– 3ย weeks ago

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™œ๐™–๐™ก ๐™™๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™™๐™ค๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™™๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข, ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ญ...๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š. ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™–๐™œ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™˜๐™˜๐™š๐™š๐™™, ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™—๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š.


Chawabvunza 3ย weeks ago

Let us thank Tawanda Zimhunga for updating citizens on teenage pregnancy in Zimbabwe. He analysed the reasons why we have all these teenage pregnancies, but he left one reason which influences teenage pregnancies, which is poverty or hunger in most households. This is despite the fact that workers in both government and private companies have cried loudest that they have been incapacitated. Their salaries are now useless. These teenage girls are looking for money to fend for themselves and feed their families at large. Therefore our government is also a contributor to the scourge of teenage pregnancies.

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Cable Guy 3ย weeks ago

Well said sir

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Tateguru 3ย weeks ago

Mabasa eCovid 19 yakakonzera ma restrictions vanhu vachishaya zvokuita vopedzisira votamba nevana.
COVID iDemon chairo


dispenser 3ย weeks ago

zvese mhosva yacho izanu, child marriage , vamwe vava kugura zvigumwe to survive


Jah๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผTsvarie-07 3ย weeks ago

Some year two thousand knowledge girls and boys are uncontrollably, ask Zupco ๐Ÿ˜‚ they are fired all the time...


VYBZ KARTEL 3ย weeks ago

chakauyA nengarava

Me 3ย weeks ago

Ma 2000


Achimwene 3ย weeks ago

Pakaipa


Chimboti Pizza 3ย weeks ago

Mapostori ndoari kudanana nevana vechikoro, zviri nani kuvabanner muZimbabwe


Imwe Mbeu 3ย weeks ago

Makaudzwa kuti it's a demon mukazviramba wani



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