Thirty-Three Weeks Pregnant 9-Year-Old Girl Admitted At UBH

Thirty-Three Weeks Pregnant 9-Year-Old Girl Admitted At UBH

A 33 weeks pregnant nine-year-old girl is currently admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) and is expected to give birth at the institution.

According to Sunday News, the girl who is about one month away from giving birth is being monitored by a team of specialist doctors and nurses owing to the delicate nature of the pregnancy.

The girl is from Tsholotsho District in Matabeleland North Province with officials from the Department of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare investigating circumstances surrounding the pregnancy.

It is suspected that the minor could have been raped and impregnated by a “close person”, hence the investigations that also involve the police.

In an interview with the publication, the acting chief executive officer of the institution, Dr Harrison Rambanapasi, confirmed the matter but could not share finer details.

He said the girl conceived when she was eight years old, which was made possible by a rare condition of precocious puberty (development of sexual maturation earlier than the normal age).

Dr Rambanapasi said ordinarily puberty should start at 11 years.

“Yes, I can confirm that we have such a case at the hospital and she is being seen by various specialists who are assisting her…  Books of medicine talk about a nine-year-old who has delivered before, but that is a very long time ago and not in this country, but for me, this is a first in my career, the youngest I had seen earlier was a 12-year-old, a victim of sexual abuse. Now we have this nine-year-old and it’s a bit unfortunate that we see such a case,” said Dr Rambanapasi.

Recently, a 13-year-old girl from Mkhosana Township in Victoria Falls wrote part of her Zimsec Grade Seven examinations on a hospital bed soon after giving birth at Victoria Falls Hospital.

In the Victoria Falls case, the girl was not aware that she was pregnant until a month before giving birth.

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