Limpopo health crisis: 36 pupils pregnant, 31 infected with HIV at 1 school

Limpopo health crisis: 36 pupils pregnant, 31 infected with HIV at 1 school

- Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathu confirmed the shocking truth about the health crisis in the province which has manifested in one single school

- Ramathu revealed there were 36 pregnant pupils at a school outside of Mulenzhe village

- The MEC had more shocking news when admitted the same school had 31 pupils aged between nine and 19 who were living with HIV

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Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathu confirmed the shocking truth about the health crisis in the province which has manifested in one single school on the outskirts of the Mulenzhe village. Ramathu revealed there were 36 pregnant pupils at the school.

Ramathu revealed more shocking news when she admitted that the same school also had 31 pupils aged between nine and 19 who were either HIV positive or living with the full effects of the disease.

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Ramathu was conducting school inspections and visits ahead of the 2019 Matric final examinations officially starting. The MEC was blunt in her admission about HIV prevalence among school pupils increasing at both primary and secondary schools.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramathu called on members of the Mulenzhe village community to support the infected pupils in order to ensure the pupils do not neglect or stop receiving the appropriate treatments at local clinics.

Citizen.co.za reported that Ramathu took a hard-line on pregnancy at school by telling pupils the department of education employed teachers and the department of health had midwives. She said there was no room for pregnancies at school.

Ramathu said the time had come to admit that society as a whole had failed to provide the necessary guidance and example to the children of the country. She said there was no more time to play a blame game.

Ramathu said the time had come for communities, parents, priests, educators, police social workers and young people themselves to take responsibility for their actions and deal with the consequences of their decisions.

This is not the first pregnancy scandal to hit the province in recent times. In July SowtanLive.co.za revealed there were at least 27 confirmed pregnancies at a single school near Polokwane.

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The girls told the publication that older men with lots of money often referred to as sugar daddies or blessers were for the most part responsible for the teen pregnancies.

Some of the girls revealed that nurses at local clinics were not welcoming of them when they tried to obtain contraceptives. This led to many other girls being too afraid to even approach the clinic in order to obtain the pill.

The girls said older men in the community were always chasing after young girls and showered them with gifts and money if they gave into the will of the men.

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