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KOT reacts to ‘no contraceptives for teens’ stance

By Winnie Onyando February 20th, 2023 2 min read

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha says she will not allow contraceptives to be used by underage girls in Kenya, and Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have had a lot to say about it.

A number of Kenyans have voiced their concerns, saying the move will lead to an increase in the number of teenage pregnancies and HIV infections among the youth.

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A Twitter user cheekily asked the CS to be prepared to reduce the price of pampers if she decided to deny contraceptives to the youth.

In a recent interview with Nation.Africa on the sidelines of the African Union Summit 2023 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the CS stressed that her faith teaches abstinence and she, thus, believes that young people should instead be taught to abstain from sex.

“We have to teach our adolescents to abstain, I believe that with a firm Christian foundation, they will learn to abstain,” she explained.

The CS stressed that the youths are not allowed to have sex before marriage because it goes against the Holy book.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) executive director Winnie Byanyima, on a recent trip to Kenya encouraged teenagers to access contraceptives.

She highlighted that inequalities and injustices in our societies are driving up the HIV/Aids pandemic and making specific groups of people such as young women and adolescent girls highly vulnerable to HIV infection.

“ Two out of three people living with HIV are women while in 2021, there were still 1.5 million new HIV infections around the world and 650,000 HIV/Aids-related death.”