Take condoms to every village, says Speaker

Monday April 30 2018
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Explanation. The executive director of Reproductive Health Uganda, Mr Jackson Chekweko (left), stresses a point to State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Sseninde (centre ) and State Minister for Housing Chris Baryomunsi (right) in Kampala on Friday. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE

Kampala. The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has called for an alternative method to distribute contraceptives in the country so that every village can get access to family planning services.

Officiating at the 62nd annual general meeting for Reproductive Health Uganda, Mr Chris Baryomunsi, the State minister for Housing, who represented the Speaker of Parliament, said there is need to introduce the social marketing approach to distribution of reproductive health services to make them accessible to all Ugandans.

“One time, I met a Mukiga immigrant who had 38 children and when I asked him how many he would produce, he said his target was 60 children,” she said.

It was also reported that the children’s highest level of education was Primary Six.
Ms Kadaga cited another woman with many malnourished children in Kyegegwa who attributed their state to poor family planning.

She said there is need to provide people in rural areas with accurate information to empower them so that they can make informed decisions.
Mr Jackson Chekweko, the executive director of Reproductive Health Uganda, said they have registered increased demand for family planning services because of an integrated package approach they introduced towards service delivery.

He said they now carry out outreach programmes that last up to a week.
“We literally carry the whole hospital to wherever we go so that we provide integrated services such as laboratory and clinical services. We have doctors, midwives and publicity teams to avoid referrals,” he said.

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He added that if government adopted their mobile hospital strategy, access to healthcare services in the country would improve, especially in hard-to reach areas.

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