Youths in Nkhotakota District have expressed concern over limited access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, a development they have since described as a violation of their human rights.
The youths made the observation on Friday when Developing Radio Partners in conjunction with Nkhotakota Community Radio conducted an awareness meeting at Mgombe fishing area in the district.
During the meeting, it transpired that youths in the lakeshore district are not reached with the right sexual and reproductive health information which is fuelling premarital sex.
In his remarks at the meeting, district youth officer Oscar Mlenga blamed stakeholders for not engaging his office on youth programmes.
“Everyone is doing it their own way. This is not the time for us to tell youths that ‘say no to sex!’. We need to spread messages that are relevant and ensure that we work together in the district,” he said.
One of the presenters on Nkhotakota Community Radio’s Let’s Talk for Change programme, Zainab Sambo, said young people in the district are struggling to access SRH services due to a negative attitude service providers have towards them.
Nkhotakota District Hospital youth friendly health services coordinator Jossen Chizala has since advised stakeholders to intensify awareness on the availability of youth-friendly health services in all public hospitals in the district. n