According to the Ministry of Health, 601 teenage pregnancies were registered in the Chipata region of Eastern province from April to June of this year. Chipata District Health Director (DHD) Charles Fanaka stated that a total of 2,681 pregnancies were documented in the district during the same time period.
In an interview yesterday, Dr. Fanaka stated that 1,248 of these pregnancies were documented from women aged 25 and up. He disclosed that 832 pregnancies were registered from women between the ages of 20 and 24.
Dr. Fanaka further disclosed that 591 pregnancies were recorded from teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years of age while 10 pregnancies were recorded among girls age 15 years. He said the 601 teenage pregnancies represents 22.4 percent of the total pregnancies recorded between April and June this year.
Meanwhile, Dr. Fanaka said a total 3,064 pregnancies were recorded from January to March this year in Chipata district. He said from the recorded pregnancies, 1 322 women were aged 25 years and above while 1,031 pregnancies were among those aged between 20 years and 24 years of age.
Dr. Fanaka further said 695 pregnancies were recorded from those aged between 15 and 19 years in the first quarter of 2021. He said about 16 pregnancies were also registered from the teenagers aged 15 in Chipata district early this year.
Dr. Fanaka said a total of 711 teenage pregnancies that were recorded in Chipata district from January to March this year represents 23.2 percent of the total pregnancies recorded the first quarter.