Carnivals, Festivals Fuel Teen Pregnancies


SUVA – Major public events such as carnivals have been identified as a cause of teenage pregnancies in the north.

This was made known at yesterday’s Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting by divisional medical officer northern Dr Samuela Korovou.

Dr Korovou told the meeting a survey by health officials noted teenage pregnancies picked up nine months after a festival like the Friendly North, an annual event held in Labasa.

He urged district reps and council members to work with their villages, especially families in helping combat the social ill faced by teenagers.

Dr Korovou said over the past three years, he had been in Labasa and he noted that nine months after the carnival in the town of the friendly north, teenage pregnancies rose. He asked for vigilance among parents and community leaders.

Dr Korovou said it was important for the community to all play a role in fighting teenage pregnancies.