The word ‘Pandemic’ is very popular right now and is very trending. Question is, which pandemic? Right now you are thinking of COVID – 19/Corona Virus. But what I want you to do is look past it just a little bit for you to gain perspective of my point or what am about to say. Not that am not acknowledging Covid-19 to be a pandemic that should not be taken seriously. It is serious, people are dying, there are orphans everywhere and a lot of lives have been disrupted. So please, stay indoors and if need there be to outdoors then be safe:
Let’s help save a life and support our heroes the nurses and doctors by staying indoors and staying safe.
So What Pandemic?
This might not be relatable to first world countries like the United States but if you know of anything, please do share in the comments. In third world countries, especially in East Africa, to be specific in Kenya, there’s another outbreak/pandemic and that is teenage pregnancies. You might not think of it as a serious thing but it is. Teenage pregnancies are still an issue, it’s still happening and it is worsening. It is alarming when you record over 4,000 teenage pregnancies in just one county!! During three months of lockdown, 152, 000Kenyan teenagers have become pregnant! That doesn’t even compare any close to COVID 19 cases reported in the country!
Role of COVID in Teenage Pregnancies Now
The statistics showing the spike of teenage pregnancies makes you wonder which pandemic we should be fighting. If you look at it from another point of view, it means there is no future! The future which is the youths, the girl child, is being messed up right now. Schools are closed as a measure towards the spread of COVID 19 thus saving lives in the process. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be safe and save lives.
But have you ever thought of the role school plays in third world countries? School keeps the young busy. To some, it is an escape, a place to get some free meals together with education so it does play a big role. Right now school is online and you might think its all good, kids and teenagers are learning and growing their minds. The bitter truth is not everyone has access to that except the well off families or the privileged!
Girls are now more exposed to sexual abuse or some get into it willingly as a source of maybe income to get food as the economy is bad right now. Cases of sexual abuse on teenagers are rising and pregnancies too. Even after things cool down and students get back to school, what percentage of them are going to be in school? Most girls will be left home being mothers at a tender age, missing out on the education they need!
As much as the present is at bay and we are fighting to keep alive, how about the future? The future of the girl child? One pandemic leading to another pandemic that is challenging to curb. Hoping you read this with an open mind to see another perspective of things right now especially in third world countries, what do you think?
Just Food For Thought!