At least 2,132 girls between the ages of 13 and 19 got pregnant in Dokolo District last year, a report released by Program for Accessible Health Communities and Education- PACE, a local health non-governmental organization has revealed.
The data was compiled from different health facilities in the district where the 2,132 teenage girls went for their first anti-natal care.
According to the report, Agwata Sub County registered 138 cases, Bata Sub County 335, Dokolo Town Council 281, Dokolo Sub County 207 and Kwera Sub County 242 cases.
Kangai Sub County registered 227 cases, Adok 192, Amwoma Sub County 175, Okwongodul Sub County 118, Adeknino Sub County 122 while Okwalo-ngwen Sub County recorded 95 cases.
Peter Okello, the Dokolo District Probation Officer blames the rising cases of teenage pregnancy to poor provision of basic needs to girls by some parents.
He urges community members, parents, cultural and local leaders to always monitor and report cases of teenage pregnancy to responsible authorities.
William Ojok, the project officer PACE Uganda, says they are training Adolescent girls and Young women to acquire skills.
He says the training will help the girls to be independent and avoid temptation from older men who target them for sex.
He is however, worried about the rate at which some of the girls are dropping out of school even after paying full tuition.
Judith Amuge, the Dokolo District Community Development Officer- DCDO advised the girls who may be experiencing gender inequality to approach the Community Development Officer for help.