Makhuwira Health Centre nurse midwife Alex Mulilima has urged youths in Chikwawa to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
She said this on Saturday during a meeting with the youth organised by Girls Empowerment Network (Genet).
Mulilima said: “It is sad to see girls aged between 15 and 18 throng antenatal clinics. This shows that many are engaging in unprotected sex, which also makes them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections.
“I encourage them to get contraceptive methods and other SRH services.”
Mulilima assured the youth of adequate and improved youth-friendly health services.
On her part, a youth, Agnes Tung’ande said she did not know that she could get family planning services at the health facility.
“I will encourage my friends to visit the health facilities to get contraceptives,” she said.
In his remarks, group village head Malata said he will enforce child protection by-laws.
Genet Chikwawa district coordinator Yamikani Banda said they strive to equip the youth with life skills by linking them with health service providers.
The organisation is implementing a Break Through Action Project that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies and child marriages in Traditional Authority Makhuwira with funding from USaid.