By Martha Nakimuli
Government is considering supplying free condoms and contraceptives to students in secondary schools .The move is intended to reduce child pregnancies which result into delivery complications.Government also aims at lowering HIV spread among teens .
Girls aged between 14 and 18 years will be considered if the move is to be effected.
The plan was revealed by the State Minister for Primary Health Care , Sarah Opendi,during a breakfast meeting, organized by the Ministry of Health at the Kampala Imperial Royale Hotel .
“We have an age bracket of 14 to 18 years. Many of these teenage girls get pregnant but, they are not ready”, said Opendi.
“They can’t tell their parents that they are pregnant. They can’t tell their teachers. And the boys who have made them pregnant are usually their class mates and they can’t help. These girls usually end up trying to get rid of the fetus and at times they die.”
The minister said that they will have to first convince regions on the matter since our culture is overly conservative.