Lumbidzani Dima, Chronicle Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) is offering free family planning services at its two clinics in Bulawayo.
Jadelle insertion and removal, Implanon insertion and removal, HIV self-testing for family planning clients and their partners as well as Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) which is medication that is taken to prevent getting
HIV, are on offer for free at the council’s clinics at Mpilo Central Hospital and at Lister Clinic which is located along Samuel Parirenyatwa Street.
The free services started yesterday and the programme ends tomorrow.
Women who came for the free services at Lister Clinic yesterday said the services were really helpful because not everyone can afford family planning services as some of the things on offer go for up to US$10.
Ms Abigail Moyo (20) who had come for the services said she had one child while she was still young because she could not access family planning services.
“I got pregnant at a young age because I had no access to family planning services so I want to avoid another mistake. I’m happy that they are offering us free services because some of us cannot afford these services. This initiative by ZNFPC will help reduce unplanned pregnancies,” she said.
In an interview, the acting ZNFPC Bulawayo provincial manager Mrs Janet Godzi said they were aware that some people cannot afford to pay for the services hence they were offering free services.
“We are aware that there are some people who cannot afford family planning services so from time to time we offer free services,” she said.
ZNFPC does not only offer family planning services but also provides free Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.