Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
GOVERNMENT has made great strides in increasing the modern contraceptive rate by nine percent through contribution from various development partners and stakeholders.
Speaking during the official opening of the Population Services Zimbabwe Polyclinic in Epworth yesterday, Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo said his Ministry recognises the right to high quality sexual reproductive health care for people in need of it.
“Over the past three decades, Population Services Zimbabwe has evolved into a dependable partner for the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
“It’s efficiency and effectiveness in the provision integrated family planning services through innovation service delivery models echoes the Government’s endeavor to reduce maternal mortality through the provision of high quality integrated family planning services in line with the government of Zimbabwe’s commitment made at the London FP2020 Global Summit in 2012.
“One such commitment was to increase the modern contraceptive rate from 59 percent to 68 percent by 2020.
“I am happy that as Government we have made great strides in this regard due to the immense contribution from various development partners and stakeholders including PSZ,” he said.
Dr Moyo also mentioned that family planning plays a pivotal role in reducing poverty and driving broad-based economic growth.
“Increased access to family planning has several essential benefits for ever individuals, families, communities and the nation at large.
“By ensuring universal access to comprehensive family planning and related sexual reproductive health services, we can reduce the levels of maternal and infant mortality, teenage pregnancies and unsafe termination of pregnancies.
“It also empowers individuals to be in charge of their lives and contribute meaningfully to the overall development of their societies.
“With such positive outcomes it therefore means that investing in family planning is vital in strengthening our health systems for improved health outcomes,” he said.
Also speaking during the same event, PSZ country director Abebe Shibru said their efforts is to support the Government of Zimbabwe in improving access and quality comprehensive contraceptives services and reduce the unmet need gap.