The Kagadi deputy Resident District Commissioner Benjamin Tumusiime has expressed his concern over the rampant cases of environmental degradation, teenager pregnancies and domestic violence in the district.
This was contained in his closing remarks at a one day workshop organized by Reproductive Health Uganda in conjunction with Kitara Civil Society Organizations’ Network (KCSON held at Uphill Hotel in Kagadi town council Kagadi district.
The workshop aimed at mitigating measures of improving reproductive health and conserving environment in Kagadi district and neighboring areas was attended by the district stockholders, members of the civil society organizations and representatives of the community groups.
Benjamin expressed need for government to increase funding for health sector and calls for concerted efforts to curb environmental degradation.
He attributed the increasing cases of encroachment on natural forests to the high population growth rate in the country emanating from early marriages.
Benjamin lauded Civil Society Organizations for their great roles in creating awareness on health and environmental conservation.
The Kagadi district LC5 chairperson Yosia Ndibwami who was represented by the district speaker Magezi Muwonge said 22% of the girls in Kagadi district are sexually violated where he advocated for increased awareness on HIV prevention, cancer screening and women’s rights.
Meanwhile, participants from the community groups commended KCSON and Reproductive Health Uganda for engaging them in environmental conservation programs, economic empowerment and sensitization on health and family planning.