——————- Medical practitioners in Kalabo District have expressed concern over the increased cases of abortions involving school girls.
Kalabo district Hospital records over 30 cases of abortions involving school girls every month.
Medical Officer- in- Charge David Kabongo who confirmed the development to ZANIS in an interview this morning disclosed that the levels at which pupils carried out illegal abortion were alarming and that school authorities should serious look into the matter.
Dr Kabongo explained that the hospital receive over five cases per week especially at the beginning of a term when the pupils return from holidays.
He wondered where the girls got pregnant from because the vice was seasonal and happened almost at the same time.
Dr Kabongo said the girls were taking unknown drugs to abort and only showed up at the hospital when the situation became critical and pretended to have stomach.
He said the health institution had lost colossal sums of money in procuring drugs for such treatment which could be avoided if appropriate measures were put in place.
And some community members accused men in employment to be behind the rampant pregnancies among school girls.
The community members said men in employment were taking advantage of school girls that were coming from poor families by enticing them with small amounts of money for groceries as low as K5 to have unprotected sex with them.
Recently, during the District Development Coordinating Committee meeting, Kalabo District Commissioner Masela Chinyama vowed to fire those involved in impregnating young girls.
Mr. Masela said the district needed development and not pregnancies.