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Pregnant teenagers

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, April 28, 2014

VILLAGE elders have now taken the lead initiative to end the ongoing teenage pregnancy cases in the village of Nawairuku in Ra.

Village headman Waisea Nagonelevu, in an interview, revealed within a year between four and five young girls got pregnant in the village.

And he believes one of the main reasons is the lack of parental advice and the lack of family time spent together.

"This has been happening for years, we have now join hands in the fight to stop this from happening anymore," Mr Nagonelevu said.

"The issue has always been raised at our bose ni koro (village meetings) because we want parents and their children to understand that this is not a good habit.

"When we started to make this a priority and have it discussed in meetings, we felt that it worked because the number of teenagers getting pregnant has begun to decrease."

Mr Nagonelevu, who has been the village headman for 21 years, believes the onus is on individual family members especially their fathers in taking the lead role in the fight against such issues.

He added parents nowadays preferred to spend more of their time on village gatherings rather than spending it with their family members.

"Issues of teenage pregnancy are not to be entertained in villages and this is why we are doing our best to end it completely.

"We believe we can do it because we have been raising more awareness on the issue in the many meetings and discussions we have here in the village," Mr Nagonelevu said.


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