Hospital launch Doctor in My Classroom programme to tackle early teenage pregnancy. They have started an outreach programme to deal with problems facing teenagers in their community. According to the hospital, they saw the highest number of teenage pregnancies in 2017. A total of 744 girls between the ages of 13 and 19 gave birth, with 66% of them being under 16.
KIDS giving birth while their peers are being treated for poisoning and mob justice injuries is just another day at Pholosong Hospital. But staff at the Ekurhuleni hospital have said enough is enough.
Last year, the hospital had 10 poisoning cases where the patients were between the ages of 12 and 17. The hospital also treated 80 patients for sjambok injuries related to mob justice, with the majority being young people.
Last month, the hospital launched the Doctor in My Classroom outreach programme to address these problems.
The programme aims to address the challenges faced by teenagers, as well as educating them about making smart decisions on their health and future.
“Through the outreach programme, Pholosong Hospital brings young doctors and other health professionals to classrooms to engage in peer to peer conversations and motivate young people to make smart decisions,” said the hospital.
The programme is expected to have visited 18 schools by the end of this year. Next year, it will return to the schools to assess the progress of the programme.
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