30 August 2012

Liberia: Teenage Pregnancy On the Increase in Nimba

Despite numerous efforts by government to encourage girls to attain education in the education, there is an alarming increase of teenage girls becoming pregnant at an earlier often while attending elementary schools thereby hampering the girl-child enrollment in schools in the rural Liberia.

The only certified midwife at Vayenglay Public Clinic, Soe Chiefdom, Twah River Electoral District #4 in Nimba county, Miss Zraneh Buduo, affectionately referred to as ZB by her patients and the Trained Traditional Midwives (TTM) of the clinic, have been complaining of heavy work-load due to the daily increase in teenage pregnancy cases at the clinic.

"I can be totally exhausted after examining close to hundred patients on Wednesday a day set in each week for pregnant women also referred to as big-belly women." Mis Buduo also said that, "each year government provides incentives for every elementary school-girl in grade three and above, by giving one bag of rice to each student or at times a bag of wheat as an encouragement to keep them in school," she noted.

Hence, Miss Buduo is calling on the government and Non-Government Organizations, NGOs to give more support to rural health centers and clinics by hiring more certified midwives to train them in traditional midwifery to enable them adequately response to the health needs of our children.

In addition, she is pleading with the parents of under-aged elementary school girls to guard and control their children to prevent them getting belly by chance, maintaining that teenage pregnancy is harming the future of young school-going girls in the chiefdom.

Making a statement at the clinic, Mr. Jeremiah Zeanbo, a dispenser and a long serving personnel of the clinic, said before the 14-year civil war in Liberia Vayenglay Public Clinic was operated by the government with all her workers on government's payroll, "Since the war however,she added, only NGOs have been supervising and funding the clinic's activities such as providing stipend to the staff, and the renovation of the clinic, he disclosed.

Meanwhile the administrator, who is also a Lab. Technician, Mr. Cyrus Moore, has heaped praises on the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government, for providing the necessary peaceful working conditions for all. He appealed to the national government to buttress the laudable efforts of NGOs to enable the clinic maintain its prewar status.

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