By wetondo Denis Julius
The 2021 survey by the Makerere University School of public health MakSPH reveals that 58% of married women in Elgon region are using family planning methods bto reduce on the high fertility rate.
This report was given on Wednesday 18th 2022 during the eastern region family planning dialogue and Performance Monitoring for Action-PMA survey dissemination meeting held at Mbale resort hotel.
Meanwhile the compliance of family planning as per the national level is still low according to this report.
Dr Simon Peter Kibira, the co-principal investigator MakSPH says that 58% of married women in Bukedi and Elgon region use family planning methods which is far ahead compared to the national performance.
Kibira adds that at least 25% of these married women do not use any method of family planning but they are not willing to produce yet they still go into sexual intercourse which causes unwanted pregnancies citing that 46% of children are produced unwillingly only 38% of women who visit hospitals for family planning have knowledge about these methods.
Dr Makumbi Robert, the principle medical officer MakSPH says that the pandemic escalated the teenage pregnancy among girls with over 350,000 young girls getting pregnant across the country.
Makumbi adds that the issue of myths and negative mindsets among the people is a very big problem to family planning but has blamed this to Lack of information about the side effects of these methods.
He says they are building capacity of health workers to become comprehensive and friendly to the mothers on family planning to enable them comply with these methods and have sizable number of children by choice not by chance.
ChebetbEvelin Kubalika, the Kapchorwa district chairperson says that family planning is not about the numbers of children but quality, the number of children determines how one manages them.
She adds that they should engage all the chairpersons including lC3, lC2 and lC1’s to ease the sensitization process and also keep the girl child in school to avoid teenage pregnancies.
Meanwhile Chebeti says that her greatest fear is that they are not doing much on the side effects management on the family planning which forces women to drop these methods.