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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

8-year-old pregnant girl gets support

By Tapiwa Machemedze
THE eight-year-old pregnant girl from Bindura is getting the necessary support after the government pledged to support the victim of child sexual exploitation to secure her future.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni has visited the 8-year-old pregnant girl, who is admitted at Bindura Provincial Hospital.

“The case is still being investigated because the perpetrators are denying it. Maybe the girl will be able to tell who is guilty or who is the father, we will also not leave this girl alone. We will ensure she continues to be in safe custody so that her future is secured,” said Minister Nyoni.

A government gynaecologist has been assigned to closely monitor the young victim of child sexual exploitation.

“She is 28 weeks pregnant today. All examinations are normal for someone of her age. We have assigned a gynaecologist to make a plan for her delivery,” said Dr Cremence Tshuma, Mashonaland Central Provincial Medical Director.

Investigations by the Social Welfare Department reveal the pregnant girl comes from a broken family, which made it easy for perpetrators to take advantage of her as the mother often left her alone while fending for the family.

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