By Wilfred Nsheeka Arinda
Many youth in Kabale are afraid of visiting clinics and hospitals because of lack of confidentiality by health.
The revelation was made by Alfred Besigensi a health officer at Kabale District Local Government during a workshop organized by Amref Health Africa in partnership with Kabale Women in Development (KWID) this week.
Besigensi admitted that despite the fact that health officers are trained to keep the secrets of patients, many of them have failed this.
“This is a big problem and it has stopped youth from viiting health centers,” he said.
According to Besigensi, 13 per cent (4,400 out of 35,717 youth) that visited health centres in the year 2016/2017 carried teen pregnancies.
About 0.7 per cent (526/12208) of the youth had received family planning services and 0.8 per cent of them had tested HIV positive.
At the same workshop, leaders, parents and guardians have been called upon to be responsible and take care of their children in a move to be youth of better morals.
Kenneth Sabiiti Baabo, the Kabale District education officer, emphasized the need for parents and guardians to teach the youth how to create friendships.
According to Baabo, most youth make friendships that won’t help anymore, leading to moral decay.
He also advised parents and guardians to emphasize the value of sexuality, saying the youth would be have miserable lives in future if the value of sexuality wasn’t valued today.
The Ministry of Education and Sports earlier this year launched the National sexuality framework to emphasize sexuality among the youth.