COVID-19: Government ensuring continued access to sexual reproductive health services

By Abigirl Tembo

Despite the limitations of operating under the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the provision of sexual reproductive health services at most centres across the country continues with government and its partners embarking on community outreach programmes.

Goromonzi District Medical Officer Dr Steven Karimu said: “This is the COVID-19 era we are all aware of that and as a team we have decided to make sure that continuation of our services is paramount. So, our family planning has been one aspect of our sexual reproductive health that we have paid attention to. Demand is quite high. Our population is very literate and we have been offering the full range of services.”

With the help of the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Population Services Zimbabwe, community-based distributors and health workers, sexual reproductive health services were not disrupted by the COVID-19.

“I have been on the pill for ten years now it’s my preferred contraceptive. Even during lockdown it’s readily accessible at the clinics. We can even get them from village health workers,” said a beneficiary of the services.

In most parts of Mashonaland East province, the oral contraceptive commonly known as the pill is the most popular followed by injectable contraceptives.