Over 4000 school going girls have been impregnated in the last four months as the country continues to fight the spread of the novel Covid-19.
Addressing the press in Machakos town on Wednesday, Machakos Children’s Department Officer Salome Muthama said the incidences have increased following the COVID-19 pandemic which led to school closure.
Masinga sub-county has 104 cases of pregnancies of children between the ages of 10-14 and another 601 cases for those in the 15-19 age bracket.
Athi River has seven pregnancies for minors aged 10-14 and 561 for those between 15-19; Machakos has 48 (ages 10-14) and 259 (ages 15-19); Yatta has 10 (ages 10-14) and 462 (ages 15-19).
Muthama accused parents of neglecting their children during the long stay at home adding that a number of the cases involve close relatives.
The Machakos County government has since however refuted these figures saying they haven’t been verified, further asking for proper investigations to be done.
Education CEC Lazarus Kivuya said “it’s impossible to have such a big number within the last few months,”