Teenage girls in the diamond rich district of Kono are getting pregnant at an alarming rate. Girls as
young as 14 years are prematurely becoming mothers without responsible fathers.
This horrendous situation has even exacerbated with the advent of the rainy season.
The Family Support Unit of the Tankoro Police Station in Kono intimated this press that the problem of teenage pregnancy within the Township is widespread and they receive a report of teenage pregnancy every week.
Dr. Lebbie of the Koidu Government Hospital disclosed to this press that a young girl who was between the age of 15 and 16 was aided by him and some other nurses to help her deliver the baby .
He said the girl’s uterus was too small to deliver the baby and they had no option but to perform a Caesarean Operation. Dr.Lebbie further explained that the baby died after three days and the girl is presently in a critical condition.
Another 15 year old girl with six Months pregnancy was languishing along the corridor of the hospital with her disabled mother sitting by her.
The restless disabled mother told Awoko that the man that impregnated her daughter had denied ownership of the pregnancy and had left the town.
Most victims of teenage pregnancy are school going children who go after Okada riders and traders for lunch because their parents cannot provide their basic needs.
In an exclusive interview with the District Medical Officer of the Koidu Government Hospital, Dr.David Bome, he promised to launch a massive campaign in schools on the dangers of teenage pregnancy at the next academic year.