Shocking statistics about teenage pregnancy- KDHS

Latest statistics from Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) show that the country could be facing an impending danger over teen pregnancy.

A shocking  revelation is that one in every five schoolgirls gets pregnant by the age of 20.

Last week education CS Amina registered her concern over the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy.

“If this is happening all year round, then the country could be facing a crisis,” said Amina, as she instructed regional coordinators of education and county directors of education to collect data.

Kenya Demographic Health Survey

According to data by Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) Narok County has the highest burden of teenage pregnancies and motherhood in Kenya.

KDHS data further reveals that Homa Bay County is ranked  second with a prevalence rate of 33 per cent, followed by West Pokot (29), Tana River (28) and Nyamira (28), closing the top five.

Samburu County ranks sixth with 26 per cent prevalence rate, with Migori, Kwale and Bomet each registering 24 per cent. Trans Nzoia closes the top 10 category with a prevalence rate of 23 per cent.

Data displayed on the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD), however, reveals that between July 2016 and June last year, 378,397 pregnant girls aged between 10 and 19 were presented in health facilities in all the 47 counties.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 28,932 girls aged 10 to 14, and another 349,465 aged 15 to 19, became pregnant over the same period.