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Midwife worried over pregnant 'Kayaye' returnees in Tamale


A midwife with the Vittin health clinic in the Tamale metropolis, Madam Cecilia Mahama has expressed worry over the increasing unwanted pregnancy of head porters popularly called Kayaye in the Tamale metropolis.

Madam Cecilia Mahama said the issue of Kayayes returning with pregnancies especially, teenagers are becoming worrying to midwives because of the complications that normally occur during delivery.

The midwife stated this at a review meeting of Young Friendly Service Training for District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) drew participants from Bilpela and Vittin health clinics in the Tamale metropolis and some community members. Madam Cecilia Mahama said the unwanted pregnancies are common among the kayaye who returned from Accra and Kumasi who claim they have been raped.

The review training organized by Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC) was to identify challenges confronting health personnel, teenagers and community members after several workshops and training were provided to them. 

According to her, most of Kayaye returnees have nothing, not even cloths and cannot even trace those who impregnate them and midwives sometimes have to help them with items expectant mothers need.

An adolescent health corner has been established at Bilpela health clinic to help educate the youth on reproductive health issues.  

The Corner was to enable adolescents within the Tamale metropolis access reproductive health education in privacy to encourage more young people to share reproductive health issues with health personnel for professional advice. 

Speaking to Zaa News, Madam Cecilia Mahama urged parents and stakeholders in health to step in immediately to address the phenomenon which she said is gradually gaining grounds in Tamale.



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