By Beatrice Humba
Government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) has underscored the need to intensify family planning methods, saying this will enable the country to reduce teenage and unplanned pregnancies.
Through a project called: Dissemination of new technology on self- injection, government aims at making family planning methods accessible, acceptable and affordable to all women, men and young people.
Speaking on Thursday during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, Family Planning Programmes Officer, Jessie Chirwa said the project will be rolled out in all Traditional Authorities in Balaka district.
Chirwa said a total of 200 health workers will be trained specifically for those already drilled on self-injection initiative in Balaka to enable women and girls use family planning methods.
“If Balaka will continue having young children giving birth at a tender age, we are going to have a population boom,” she said.
Chirwa said women and adolescent girls of child bearing age, health care workers, health surveillance assistants, men and boys, local leaders and community structures will be the beneficiaries of the project.
“We can see the population has increased over time; so, one of the strategies to address this population growth rate is to use family planning,” Chirwa added.