THE Non-Governmental Gender Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) says it is sad that Petauke Central independent member of parliament Emmanuel Jay Banda downplayed concerns about sexual reproductive health and girls’ rights, especially that Eastern Province has the highest teenage pregnancy statistics. On Tuesday, Health Minister Sylvia Masebo warned young girls engaging in early sex, especially with old men, to stop, saying it is harmful to their bodies. But Petauke Central independent member of parliament Emmanuel Jay Banda lamented that Masebo’s statement would cause girls to start fearing old men like him. In an interview, however, NGOCC board chairperson Mary Mulenga said any well meaning law maker would actually agree that young girls were not only getting infected but also dropping out…...

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