Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Illicit sex escalates in Anambra as Women trap men with unwanted pregnancies

By Raymond Ozoji

The rate at which women and young girls trap men with illegitimate pregnancies as a result of illicit sex has become a source of worry and concern in recent times .
In accordance with the information contained in the 2016 Statement of Account of the Association of People Living With Sickle Cell Disorder and issued to journalists in Awka yesterday by the Director Centre For Moral Mentorship Aisha Maureen Edward , it revealed that local government areas like Ogbaru , Anambra-east , Aguata , Orumba-North and a host of others have a culture of illicit sex and proliferation of unwanted pregnancies .
Expressing her displeasure over the trend , Aisha further disclosed that majority of the unwanted pregnancies produce sickle cell children . She said that most of the girls are compleled by their mothers to frolic with men for money and in the process impose pregnancies on them thereby bringing forth children with the likelihood of sickle cell anaemia .
Aisha who is equally the National Coordinator of Association of People Living With Sickle Cell Disorder stated that she has members who do not have fathers but are sicklers who also relish casual sex . She further explained that there members of her association who do not have parents but depend solely on the magnanimity of the association .
She was of the opinion that because young girls trap men with unwanted pregnancies , there is certainly no room for genotype test before marriage to ascertain compartibility thereby increasing chances of sickle cell children . She therefore stressed the need for information and education to curb the growing trend of illicit sex in the aforementioned local government areas and the entire state .
Aisha also advocated for the establishment of a Sickle Cell Specialist Clinic in Aguleri Anambra-east council area that would provide specialist clinical services to persons living with sickle cell disorder even as she disclosed that members of the association from the area are languishing in agony and pain as a result of crisis resulting from their ailments .
While stressing the need also for government to revisit the Sickle Cell Law of 2002 inorder to provide job slots for them , she equally emphasized that government through the state ministry of education should rise up to the situation to sensitize as well as redeem people from illiteracy and ignorance to curb the spread of illegitimate pregnancies and reduce sickle cell scourge in Anambra state



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