The county government of Kisumu and its partners marked the annual World Contraception Day by sensitizing the community on the importance of birth control and family planning programs provided by health facilities in Kisumu.
This year’s event themed leaving no one behind mainly focuses on expanding sustainable access to contraceptives in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event was commemorated at Ojola Sub -County Hospital in Kisumu West.
Chief Officer for Health in Kisumu County Dr. Gregory Ganda, emphasized on the need for family planning services and supplies thus elevated risks of unintended pregnancy.
“The county government of Kisumu is putting up mechanisms and commitment to invest in family planning to ensure access to the services and supplies,” said Dr. Ganda.
Ganda also called on expectant mothers to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Besides the beliefs people had, the Ministry of health recommends that pregnant mothers may now get the Covid-19 vaccine and that there are more benefits from getting vaccinated during pregnancy,” Dr. Ganda wrote.
On behalf of the County Director for Public Health, Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara emphasized the county’s flagship program which included the digitization of the family health program and the Marwa health cover.
The County Government assured that every woman and adolescent girls had the right to access contraceptives and family planning services, information and education.
Earlier, report which was released by county health reproduction coordinator Ms. Jane Owuor showed that there is reduction of family planning uptake in Kisumu following the Covid-19 pandemic that had adversely affected communities.
In another report after the surge in Covid-19 cases, Ms Owuor noted that the trend was picking up due to a lot of interventions put in place by county government and partners in creating awareness.
VIDEO OF THE DAY; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsEZXtqFItk