By Samuel Ouma
The Ministry of Health has raised concerns over the rise of teen pregnancy in Kenya.
According to the ministry, one in every five adolescent girls is pregnant or has already had their first child.
The cases are high in nine counties: Nairobi, Kajiado, Homa Bay, Meru, Kericho, Narok, Mandera, Kisii and Bomet.
“Nairobi, Kajiado, Homa Bay, Meru, Kericho, Narok, Mandera, Kisii and Bomet are those carrying the highest burden of teenage pregnancies between the ages of 10 to 14 in the country at 56 per cent in total,” said Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache.
According to PS Mochache, 21 per cent of all pregnancies are recorded annually. Moreover, 98 young people contract HIV/AIDS weekly, and 500 die of the virus yearly.
It was also revealed that one in every three mothers visiting antenatal clinics across the country was an adolescent between the ages of 10 and 19.
The government figures show that Kenyan is ranked third globally with high cases of teen pregnancy.