Brong Ahafo records high family planning patronage in 2011

The Brong Ahafo Region in 2010 recorded 208,181 persons who practiced family planning and 196,194 in 2011.

Mrs Martha Larbi-Agyemfre, Regional Public Health Nurse in charge of Family Planning who made this known to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani said to be able to reach more people with the family planning, a new initiative known as the voucher system had been adopted.

She said under the new system, people especially those in rural communities would be provided with coupons to access any family planning methods at any health centre free of charge.

Mrs Larbi-Agyemfre said the challenge her outfit is facing is lack of logistics and means of transport to access the communities with family planning services.

She asked husbands to support their wives to embrace family planning, which she said protects people against contracting sexually transmitted diseases and help couples to plan the number of children they want to have at the appropriate time.

She advised women, especially those interested to practice family planning for the first time to avoid seeking assistance at chemical shops but rather visit health centres for thorough examination before the right method is prescribed to them.

Source: GNA

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