03/03/2024

Only 25% of women use contraceptive methods in the country.

A woman speaking at a podium in front of a flag, discussing contraceptive methods in her country.

A woman speaking at a podium in front of a flag, discussing contraceptive methods in her country.

By 2030, Mozambique aims to achieve a 43% contraceptive prevalence rate among the young population. The commitment was made today in Maputo City during the launch of Mozambique’s commitment under the global family planning partnership for 2030.

In Mozambique, only 25% of women use contraceptive methods, and the percentage of adolescents and young people of reproductive age using any family planning method decreased from 14.3% in 2011 to 14.1% in 2015.

According to the Deputy Minister of Health, Farida Urci, these statistics are concerning, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts.

“These data show the need for us to intensify our actions so that more teenagers, young people, and women of childbearing age adhere to sexual and reproductive health services and family planning. Therefore, it is worth investing in the health of these population groups, especially reproductive health,” stated the official.

To achieve this goal, it is equally necessary to provide essential information to contribute to increased access to family planning services and to improve the well-being of the target group.

For this purpose, the government has committed to a 10-year plan under the global family planning partnership for 2030, aiming to increase the current 25% adherence to family planning to 43%.

Authorities have identified young people as the main targets and recognize the need for innovation in methods to contribute to retaining girls and adolescents in schools and reducing high rates of early and unwanted pregnancies in communities.

 

“WE NEVER ORDERED THE SUSPENSION OF THE USE OF THE BREATHALYZER”

 

Alcohol control in motorists resumed last Friday (22). The measure was announced by the Chief Commander of the PRM with the aim of reducing road accidents.

Reacting to the issue, the Deputy Minister of Health believes that the resumption of this instrument poses no risk to public health.

“At no time did we order the suspension of the use of the breathalyzer during the COVID-19 period. However, as we had the emergency situation and due to the proximity between the possible carrier of the virus and the agent, I think the Ministry of the Interior decided to suspend it. However, the resumption, I think, has no problem, as long as preventive measures are taken,” she defended.

Among the planned measures, the official highlights the need for disinfection of the reusable part and discarding the part that is for individual use.

Regarding the situation of Monkeypox in the country, Farida Urci says, “We had three suspected cases of Monkeypox, but they did not go beyond suspicions. One of them is about a 24-year-old young man from Nampula, who arrives at the hospital with blister-like lesions all over his body. In his medical history, he mentioned having contact with children with chickenpox.”

According to Urci, the samples have already been sent to the laboratory, but based on the symptoms, everything indicates it is chickenpox and not Monkeypox.

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