Homabay governor Cyprian Awiti endorsed a five year family planning strategic plan, the only one of its kind in Nyanza region, supported by KMET in partnership with Homabay county health management team.
While receiving the document from KMET CEO Monica Oguttu, Cyprian expressed his concern about the low contraceptive prevalence rate in Homa Bay which stands at 45.5% against the 58% national rate.
The governor did not hesitate to note the high teenage pregnancies in his county and its related repercussions such as increased maternal mortality and school drop outs.
“This county is also notorious for high teenage pregnancies. I would call upon all partners to work together to curb this menace,” stated the governor.
In response to the concerns raised by the governor, KMET CEO explained that the strategic plan has factored in the needs of young people through youth friendly services.
She also emphasized that with proper budget allocation for family planning by the county government, the issue of commodity stock out would be addressed and a contraceptive prevalence rate of 70% achieved.
“We want women to have choices. They don’t have to go for injectables (depo) all the time when they can access long acting and reversible contraceptives easily. This is only possible if we don’t let this book gather dust in our shelves but implement its contents,” said Monica.
In his concluding remarks Cyprian applauded KMET’s intervention in Homa Bay and promised his government’s and other partners commitment in implementation of the strategic plan in a bid to reduce the negative maternal indicators in Homa Bay County.
The endorsement of the strategic plan was done at the county health offices in the presence of the Health Minister Lawrence Koteng’, Deputy Directors of health Kevin Osuri and Mr. Waringa and the county health management team.
By Lynette Ouma