By Elizabeth Nyaguyo
The National Aids Council (NAC) is working hand in hand with the traditional chiefs in fighting against early marriages in and around Chimanimani communities.
Speaking a recently media tour organized by NAC in Chimanimani area the District Aids Council (DAC) for Chimanimani Priscilla Mac Isaac said that as an Organization they come up with a plan that incorporates chiefs in the fight against early marriages.
“As NAC we come up with a plan for 2022 that we should consult our chiefs so that we start working together in curbing early marriages,” she said.
“We have suggested that there should be a research so see how big this problem, because only research can prove how big the problem is and we are looking forward in having that research done anytime soon.”
She added that they are worried with the statistics they are getting from hospitals and clinics in Chimanimani especially from girls under the age of 18.
“We are not happy about the numbers we are receiving from the hospitals concerning young girls in our communities who are falling pregnant below the age of 18.”
“The DHIS 2 of the Ministry of Health shows that they are so many young children under the age of 18 who are going to our hospitals and clinics with pregnancies.”
“In 2019 we have 8 girls under the age of 14 and, in 2020 we received the information that 13 girls were reported to have gone for pregnant check-ups.”
Mac Isaac said that the issues to do with HIV and Covid -19 has been sorted out as they have invested at a Youth Centre.
‘’Information to do with HIV and Covid -19 related issues has been taken care of since as NAC we have opened a Youth Centre so that young people get information through researching on internet,’’she said.