Free family planning services in Byo
Lumbidzani Dima, columnist
The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) offers free family planning services at its two clinics in Bulawayo.
Jadelle insertion and removal, Implanon insertion and removal, HIV self-test for family planning clients and their partners as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) which is a drug that is taken to prevent contracting
HIV, are offered free of charge at counseling clinics at Mpilo Central Hospital and Lister Clinic, located along Samuel Parirenyatwa Street.
The free services started yesterday and the program ends tomorrow.
The women who came for the free services at Lister Clinic yesterday said the services were really helpful as not everyone can afford family planning services as some of the things on offer go up to US $ 10.
Ms. Abigail Moyo (20) who came for the services said she had a child when she was still young because she could not access family planning services.
“I got pregnant at a young age because I didn’t have access to family planning services, so I want to avoid another mistake. I am happy that they are offering us free services because some of us cannot afford these services. This ZNFPC initiative will help reduce unwanted pregnancies, ”she said.
In an interview, Acting Provincial Director of ZNFPC Bulawayo, Ms. Janet Godzi, said she was aware that some people could not afford to pay for the services, which is why they offered free services.
“We are aware that there are people who cannot afford family planning services, so every once in a while we offer free services,” she said.
ZNFPC not only offers family planning services, but also provides free sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.