Parents Advised On ‘Triple Threat’ Issue
Parents and guardians are frequently accused of failing to report cases of child sexual abuse and gender-based violence to the appropriate authorities due to fear of dire consequences or a lack of information.
This allows perpetrators of such vices to get around the law.
As a result, Health Principal Secretary (PS) Susan Mochache has urged parents to be vigilant about their children’s sexual well-being.
Speaking at Tendere grounds in Kisii, Mochache stated that there has been an increase in the rate of teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence (GBV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in the recent past among youth aged 10 to 19 years, dubbed the ‘triple threat.’
This increase has had a negative impact on the nation’s economic growth as well as the educational progress of the youth, particularly young girls who become pregnant and are forced to drop out of school, she noted.
“The highest cases of new HIV infections recorded in the recent past are the youth, making up over 63 percent of the total cases of infections in the country.
“Most of these cases, over 30 percent are the boys and girls who go through sexual and Gender-Based Violence such as rape.
“I urge the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to kick up a notch on disease prevention and community health sensitization to help the country achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths by the year 2030,” said Mochache.
Dr. Ruth Masha, Chief Executive Officer of the National AIDS Control Council (NACC), was also in attendance.
She urged parents to begin teaching their children about their sexuality at a young age.
Dr. Masha urged elders, particularly men, to take the lead in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and make it a personal decision within their conscience, which she said was also the best solution to reducing the rising cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
She praised the Kisii community for the recent steady decrease in HIV infection but emphasized the need to further reduce cases.
“There has been a decrease in the number of HIV infections in Kisii, even though the number is still high, there is a show of improvement.
“I congratulate you for this and urge you to even take more precautions to reduce the infection rate,” said Dr. Masha.
Sarah Omache, Kisii County’s County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Health Services, praised the Ministry of Health’s national efforts to combat the growing cases of triple threats.
She stated that the county department of health would educate the people in the region about the aforementioned public health threats with the assistance of the CHVs in order to turn the curve downward.
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Members of the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) and residents of the Gucha region were in attendance.
The NGAO team promised to help raise community awareness of the health risks.