Lamu, KENYA: The National Council for Population and Development-NCPD has expressed concern about the low contraceptive use in Lamu County.
According to a survey conducted by the NCPD in 2015,only 42.2% of Lamu women are on active contraceptive use.
Over 50% of Lamu women want nothing to do with contraceptives or any other form of family planning for that matter.
Speaking in Lamu on Sunday,NCPD chairperson Symon Pepee however said the situation was a bit fair when it came to the use of condoms since they are used by at least 71% of locals.
According to the survey however, only 47.3% births are attended by a skilled healthy worker while the rest of the women prefer being attended to by traditional birth attendants in the comfort of their homes.
Pepee said there was need for Lamu locals to plan their families in order to be able to comfortably meet the needs of their families.
“People in other parts of the country embracing family planning in order to ease livelihoods. It is surprising that many people in Lamu do not want to practice family planning. ” Said Pepee.
Pepee said it was unfortunate that cultural and religious practices were partly to blame for the almost nil culture of family planning in Lamu.
“Let women embrace hospital deliveries so that we can reduce all these maternal and child deaths that occur at the hands of unskilled people,” added Pepee.
He called on men to be on the forefront in spearheading for family planning in order to give their conservative wives the morale to seek the services since many had left the family baggage to the women.