Govt sus­pends fam­ily plan­ning ads ‘for now’

The East African - - NEWS -

TAN­ZA­NIA HAS banned ra­dio and tele­vi­sion spots cam­paign­ing for birth con­trol “un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

This comes days af­ter Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli dimissed those en­gaged in fam­ily plan­ning as “lazy.”

Now, the Min­istry of Health, Gen­der, the El­derly and Children has can­celled all fam­ily plan­ning and birth con­trol cam­paigns un­til they un­dergo re­vi­sion.

In a let­ter to the chief of party of the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Health Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya wrote, “I re­quest you to stop with im­me­di­ate ef­fect air­ing and pub­lish­ing any fam­ily plan­ning con­tents on any me­dia chan­nel un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

The gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment did not bear de­tails of what is un­de­sir­able in the fam­ily plan­ning con­tent that has ne­ces­si­tated the said re­view.

Nei­ther did the let­ter ex­plain how long will it take to ex­e­cute the re­view to al­low the spon­sored spots back on air.

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