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Nancy Biira, an enrolled midwife at Kinyamaseke Health Health Center III in Kinyamaseke Town Council told URN in an interview that the facility registered 400 clients who came for family planning services in September alone up from between 300-350 clients they registered in previous months.
There is an improved uptake of family planning services in Kasese
district following the easing of the nationwide lockdown. At the end of July this year, President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni eased the second nationwide he announced on July 18th,
2021 to contain the second wave of COVID-19, which saw a surge in COVID-19
The easing of the lockdown, which also
saw the resumption of public transport has seen health facilities in Kasese register overwhelming numbers of clients especially women and
young girls seeking family planning services.
Nancy Biira, an enrolled midwife at Kinyamaseke Health Health Center III in Kinyamaseke Town
Council told URN in an interview that the facility registered 400 clients who came for family planning services
in September alone up from between 300-350 clients they registered in previous months.
says the facility has also registered an increased number of teenagers
especially girls between 17 and 19 years seeking the services.
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She attributes the increasing
uptake of the service to the resumption of
public transport, which has made it easy
for people to reach the facility on time, the support from partners like
Reproductive Health Uganda and awareness campaigns by the village health
Biira says previously the VHT teams were unable
to move in addition to the suspension
of their outreach programs due to COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyne Biira, an enrolled midwife at Kanamba HC III in Karusandara Sub Count, says that there is a slight increase in uptake of family
planning at the health centre since September compared to the last one and a
For example, she says the facility recorded 139 clients who
came for family planning services in September compared to less than 100 that were being registered in
the previous months of the lockdown.
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She, however, decries
the low involvement of men in
family planning matters. Dr. Kathembo Joyfred Kayiri, in Charge of Rukoki
HC IV, says that says
access to many health services were disrupted during the lockdown but currently
there is a significant uptake at his unit as people can easily access the
The numbers have also increased at Muhokya Health Centre III
in Muhokya Sub County with the facility records showing 193 clients turned in September for family planning services from less than 80
that were being recorded before August.
Juliet Kabugo, a
midwife at the facility, says that a
number of people were trapped from home due to the absence of public transport
boda services. She adds that students have also taken on family planning services and these could account for the rising
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Kabugho also says the number of mothers
delivering at the facility has more than doubled since the easing of the lockdown. Purdens Tayebwa from Reproductive Health Uganda-RHU told URN that
during the lockdown, reproductive
health services were affected so heavily especially in rural communities with
limited access to health centres and knowledge on family planning
says the organization through the facility-based outreach programs is moving
out to support the government
facilities to quickly respond to the gaps created by the lockdown.
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Robert Mutumba, the Principal medical officer reproductive and
child health department ministry of health, says that the country registered the lowest uptake of
family planning services during the lockdown.
He says that
failure to access family planning services also saw an increase in unsafe abortions even among old women trying to
deal with unplanned pregnancies.