Dr. Andrew Mulwa was the CEC for Health for Makueni County during the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Dr. Mulwa was infected by the virus twice; the second time after receiving the full dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine. Dr. Mulwa says his own experience and that of many people he knew, who had to deal with infections and loss of lives made him even stronger to keep on fighting against the coronavirus. He spoke to Dr. Mercy Korir about his experience in managing a whole county and his own personal experiences in our 9th Episode of COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST.
Interestingly, despite campaigns against teenage pregnancy, cases continue to rise. The numbers are worrying especially during this time of the pandemic and experts in sexual and reproductive health say it is time to be deliberate on implementing multi-sectoral measures to safeguard the future of girls. Pregnant and parenting adolescents face several adversities such as social stigma, lack of emotional support, poor healthcare access, and stresses around new life adjustments. In the third episode of CVID-19 and Mental Health, Zubeidah Koome and Carren Omae engage, Jacqueline Gathu a Psychiatrist about the never ending crisis of un-intended teenage pregnancies. Jacqueline says with committed leadership, the effects of the pandemic can be minimized, ensuring that the gains made in improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health before COVID-19 are not completely lost.