By Jumah Nsubuga
Uganda has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the safe motherhood Day with the THEME “Teenage pregnancy an obstacle to safe motherhood: Let Us stop it now.”
The objective of the Day is to raise awareness about maternal health and find better ways of reducing maternal death. Members of parliament under the net worker for Africa women ministers and parliamentarians (NAWMP) Uganda chapters say that, this year’s Theme focuses on teenage pregnancy which is still a major health and social concern due to its association with higher morbidity and mortality for a mother and child.
While addressing news reporters at parliament, the chairperson of (NAWMP) who also represents Mityana district in parliament Sylvia Namabidde says that, government should address the attitude towards young girls when they get pregnant adding that even male should be involved in this campaign.
She also noted that in Uganda the maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates are still unacceptable high as registered in the recent Uganda demographic health.
She added that “Parliament will continue to exercise the oversight role on reproductive health in particular maternal health adding that, parliamentarians will hold government accountable in fulfilling its role in promoting safe motherhood”.
Elsewhere the MPs have strongly condemned the act of raping young girls by foreigners. Mitooma district woman MP Jova Kamateka said that the Pakistanian internationals who gang raped a young girl should be found and face the law.
Hon Kamateka also urged the immigration department to pull up their hands and deal with these people.
“I also appeal to the ministry of labor to formulate a mechanism of registering all workers most especially girls who work for foreigners”.