Report: Adolescent girls exposed to wrong health info
04 February 2014, 10:10
Nairobi - Adolescent girls are getting false information about reproductive health.
This is according to a report by the Nairobi Brain Trust, which revealed that 20 percent of the young women aged between 10 and 17 years got improper information on the subject.
The report revealed that most of the teenage girls preferred to get information on productive health from their peers while shunning away from health institutions established to provide such information.
The report further indicated that the teenagers preferred to get the information from their peers for fear of being ignored when they visited the health facilities for the information.
The study also indicated that failure by parents to take up their responsibility of information their teenage daughters on matters of reproductive health worsened the situation.
“A lot of information comes either from the internet or from other girls because parents are not taking the responsibility of providing the information. The information that they are likely to get is not information that is accurate,” said Wangeci Wacira, an executive from the Nairobi Brain Trust.
Wacira challenged parents to take up responsibilities and keep their daughters on informed to avoid exposing them to misleading information from their peers.
This report comes soon after another report indicated that most teenage girls in the country are sexually active.
Reports suggest Kenya has the highest number of adolescent pregnancies globally.
Locally, more than 10 percent of pregnancies are attributed to girls aged between 15 and 19 years.
– CAJ News