Health Minister Motsoaledi worried about increasing pregnancy rates in teens

Health Minister Motsoaledi worried about increasing pregnancy rates in teens

Health Minister reveals that teen pregnancies are on the rise, with girls falling pregnant at increasingly younger ages. Motsoaledi said that the young ages of the girls has contributed to the increase in maternal death rates

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Over 1000 babies were born across the country this Christmas according to the Health Department, with Gauteng contributing the most at 300.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital recording among the highest births overall.

Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health, revealed that the high number of teenage pregnancies was greatly concerning for him.

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Other then the obvious reasons for that he said that young girls falling pregnant had significantly contributed to the maternal death rates, with the teens not physically being ready to give birth.

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Commenting on the matter he revealed that child as young as ten were falling pregnant and the trend was seeing girls getting into the situation at younger and younger ages.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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