Kibira said they also found that 56 per cent of women between 18 and 24 years of age countrywide had had sex before they were 18 years old and only 19 per cent had used a certain method of family planning. But 23 per cent of these got unwanted pregnancies and gave birth.
Religious leaders in Tooro Sub-region
have called upon the public to embrace family planning to reduce on unwanted
pregnancies and lead to the birth of unplanned children.
This stems from a study by Makerere University
School of Public Health showing worrying figures of unwanted pregnancies in the
Sub-region and the country at large due to failure to use family planning.
The survey, which was conducted countrywide under the Performance Monitoring
for Action – PMA project in September and October last year, was aimed at
establishing the rate of family planning usage in the country. Women from 4,148
households and health workers in 357 health facilities were interviewed.
During the dissemination of the findings at Kalya Courts in Fort Portal on
Tuesday, Dr. Simon Peter Kibira, one of the principal investigators in the survey,
said that 43 per cent of the women between the ages of 25 and 34 years had had
Of those interviewed, 70 per cent of the
teenagers also had got unwanted pregnancies. But in Tooro, only 48 per cent of
women said they were using family planning and only 35 per cent were using
modern methods like implants.
Kibira said they also found that 56 per cent of women between 18 and 24 years
of age countrywide had had sex before they were 18 years old and only 19 per
cent had used a certain method of family planning. But 23 per cent of these got
unwanted pregnancies and gave birth.
In Tooro, the survey shows that 12.9 per cent of women were still using the
traditional methods of family planning, which were said to be less effective.
They include the withdraw method while others depend on safe days. According
to Stellah Kigozi, the Director of Information and Communication at the National
Population Council, the findings are worrying because for the country to
develop, it needs more productive people than dependents.
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Rev Sarah Kakyo, the Ruwenzori Diocese Health Coordinator, said that earlier,
religions would be against family planning methods but now they are fully
backing it due to its many advantages.
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Bashir Kayondo, one of the Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim coordinators, said that
contrary to what some community members think, Islam too encourages family
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Rev Fr. Jude Tadeo Basaija, the Fort Portal Catholic Diocese Health
Coordinator explained that as a catholic church, they are not against family
planning but they do not support the modern types. He asked Catholics to
embrace natural methods of family planning to ensure they have only the number
of children that they have planned for.