Scores of school going girls in the northern Lira District are reportedly thronging clinics for family planning services
Private health facilities in Lira municipality have registered a sharp increase in the number of students seeking family planning services since the start of school holidays, two weeks ago.
An investigation by our reporter in private clinics around Lira town found that scores of teenage females are thronging the centres seeking family planning services.
Susan Atwoma, a nurse at Curative Family Clinic in Ojwina Division, Lira municipality reveals that she receives an average five teenage girls seeking the services on a daily basis.
Atwoma explains that the trend spiked shortly after schools broke for holidays, which she says could have been a major factor.
She says the most popular method being sought is the injectable contraceptives that have a monthly span of preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Another health service provider in Teso Bar who sought anonymity on grounds of clients confidentiality, acknowledged that since the start of the holidays, she has offered the services to scores of clients that she suspects to be students who turn up to access family planning services at her facility.
A number of primary and secondary school students currently on holiday acknowledged to this reporter that they have at least taken a jab of injectable contraceptive in order to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies.
The anonymous students aged between 13-16years reveal that they took up the initiative following advice from their sexual partners who prefer unprotected sex.
Akello Sandra a parent rebukes the private clinics blaming them for promoting immorality.
Akello charges that the exposure should form a basis for government to strictly regulate activities of private health service providers in the country.
It is a policy in most schools in the district for female students to produce a medical form at the beginning of every school term clearing them of being pregnant and sexually transmitted diseases.
Recently the Ministry of Health came into negative light following reports of an alleged proposal to provide family planning services to children as young as 10 years, to reduce early pregnancies among adolescents.
The Ministry however clarified later that this was merely part of a policy statement that had not been considered.