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SHOCKER: Zim Running Out Of Family Planning Contraceptives

In a development that is set to trigger a baby boom in the country,  current stocks of contraceptives are expected to run out by next month due to procurement challenges, Newsday reports.

According to the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), the country could face an explosion in the birth rate if the impending shortages are not averted.

In an interview with Newsday, ZNFPC director Munyaradzi Murwira confirmed the development.

There is an acute shortage of family planning pills, Deop Provera and Implanon, but we, however, have adequate male and female condoms.
We are currently working with donors and the suppliers to expedite shipment. We will be receiving some of the commodities. We expect the situation to normalise by December/January when we get most of the shipments into the country.

Murwira also added that the Health Ministry was working to ensure that there was significant domestic funding for the procurement of family planning products to complement support from donors as long term strategy.

This latest development comes barely months after reports that the country is facing shortages of drugs to treat se_xually transmitted infections (STI), in another blow to the already ailing health delivery sector.

The issue was confirmed by Mashonaland East provincial manager Wilfred Dube who said that it was leading to a recurrence of se_xually transmitted infections in the country.

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