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Uncategorised • 2017-07-31 11:12:32

 

President Yoweri Museveni called upon Ugandans to join him in ending of what he termed as the “shameful creeping problem” of teenage pregnancy.

The president while speaking at the World Population Day celebrations in Busia district wondered whether the high teenage pregnancy is due to bad parenting, poverty or moral degeneration.” The president noted that teenage pregnancy stands at 25% at national level and 27% in Busia district.

“This means that one out of every four of teenage girls has had a baby before they reach 19 years old.  This is not acceptable because it leads to high maternal mortality, cancer and fistula (huge tears of the birth canal because the body is not ready for childbirth),” he said.

President Museveni visits the CDFU exhibition stall during the World Population day celebrations in Busia

Museveni also advised residents of Busia to rise against poor hygiene since 75 per cent of disease burden in Uganda is preventable and personal hygiene is key in this effort

“We know that in Uganda, only 27% of the people wash their hands with water and soap after visiting the toilet. This has serious public health implications for the control of infectious diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other diarrheal diseases. Surely, we don’t need a budget from the Ministry of Finance to sort out this!” he said.

     Pupils of Madibira Primary School entertaining guests during World Population Day celebrations

He also assured natives that the government’s next step is to bring as many people as possible out of subsistence economy through organized commercial farming, irrigation, value addition among other strategies.

The also expressed the government’s continued commitment to solve the job issue of Uganda’s youth by focusing in four sectors of Agriculture, Industries services and ICT.

Communication for Development Foundation Uganda - CDFU participated in the Pre-World Population Day intergenerational dialogue on 6th July 2017 which was organized by United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA under the theme “Youth and Population Growth: Unlocking the Potential of Young People”

CDFU also participated in the nation World Population Day celebrations that were held at Madibira Primary School Play Ground in Busia district under the theme: “Strengthen Youth Competitiveness for Sustainable Development”

              Rev Gideon Byamugisha explains youth Sexual Reproductive Health during a dialogue

CDFU is implementing the UNFPA sponsored Healthy Choices project in Abim, Moroto, Kabong, Amudat, Nakapiripiti, Napak, Kotido, Gulu, Lamwo and Kitgum districts. The Healthy Choices radio drama airs on CBS radio 88.8 and Glaxy FM in central region, Mega FM in Acholi region and Nenah FM in Karamoja region

President Museveni also said Uganda’s big population is the country’s most important asset.

 “As I have said before, it is important that I remind Ugandans on a day like this that the riches of any nation are not in the soil or in the ground, but in its people,” Museveni stressed.

“In fact if you look closely into history, you will find that a number of rich countries don’t have natural resources, but they depend on their own people (human capital) especially if they are educated, skilled, innovative and have entrepreneurial skills.  A good example is Japan, but there are also others like South Korea and Singapore.”

The last Census in 2014 indicated that life expectancy in Uganda increased from 43 years in 1991 to 63 years in 2014.

               CDFU's Pearl Kobusingye explains to president Museveni the services offered by CDFU

The rapid increase in Uganda’s population has been attributed to a combination of reduced mortality and increased life expectancy. Uganda’s population has grown from 16.7 million people in 1990 to 34.6 million in 2014 and is expected to reach 40 million by next year.

 

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