Kaseba urges attention to reproductive health needs

FIRST lady Dr Christine Kaseba says many adolescents are already sexually active and are highly  vulnerable to sexual abuse, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections due to lack of knowledge about sex, reproductive health and relationships.

During the dissemination workshop of the post London Family Planning Summit in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Kaseba said there was need to pay attention to the reproductive health needs of the burgeoning youth population especially given the fact that 80 per cent of women admitted to health care facilities with complications of induced abortions were younger than 19 years.

“It is only logical to project that maternal morbidity and mortality resulting from unsafe abortion will rise with the increasing young demographics unless targeted interventions are introduced. Family planning saves lives.