Contraceptives can stop teen pregnancies
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
Last week in this newspaper, there was a story about increased teenage pregnancies and women shunning contraceptives. Recently, an official from the ministry of Health confirmed that contraceptive drugs were expiring at the National Medical Stores because no one was going for them.
My question is, if the contraceptive drugs are expiring in the NMS, why then are they expensive in hospitals and pharmacies? That is precisely why teenage pregnancies are on the increase. Some of these girls know about contraceptives but cannot access them because of the high cost.
Take a situation where a young girl is forced into sex by a relative, of which such cases are on the increase, how can she afford an emergency pill that costs as much as Shs5,000?
Government officials should at times be realistic, give those contraceptive pills at a lower price or even for free, especially in rural areas where survival is for the fittest.