Davao City Steps Up Family Planning Campaign

SOME 1,568 clients have received subcutaneous contraceptive implants from the Davao City Population Bureau as the city steps up its family planning campaign.

Jerrielyn Lewis, acting head of the City Health Office’s (CHO) population division, said men in Davao City are now more receptive to birth control procedures previously seen as “emasculating”.

Lewis said more men are taking advantage of no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), a procedure that costs more than 14,000 pesos in private hospitals, but which CHO offers free every last Friday of the month at the district health center. of Buhangin.

“NSV is the male equivalent of ligature. We used to offer NSV in communities, but as of February this year we now have a fixed site,” she said.

She said CHO had supported more than 50 men who underwent the NSV procedure from January to July 2022. Lewis said men from other areas like Panabo and Tagum availed themselves of NSV.

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Lewis added that the city’s ongoing education and information efforts have been able to instill behavioral and cultural changes in communities.

“We have reduced the ideal number of family members. We recommend at least two children per family to provide enough and so parents can also focus on raising children,” she said.

“Family planning should be the goal of every couple. Parenthood gives you the responsibility to shape someone into an individual.”

The CHO called on all couples to go to health centers in the city where they can benefit from free family planning or birth control consultations.

The Davao City Government, in partnership with the Department of Health (DoH), held a free-access information campaign at NCCC Mall Buhangin on Monday, August 1, to celebrate Family Planning Month.

This year’s theme “Bata, Bata, Planado kang Ginawa” promotes four central principles of family planning: birth spacing, the will to live, informed choice and planned parenthood.

Dr. Raquel Montejo, head of the local DoH 11 Health Support Division, said birth spacing would reduce health risks and complications for mothers by letting their bodies heal longer before conceiving a child. another child.

Drive to life refers to efforts to minimize the rate of maternal and infant deaths due to complications during childbirth.

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