The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Septem­ber 13, 1991 — The Se­nior Min­is­ter for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs, Cde Didy­mus Mu­tasa, yes­ter­day called on the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion to en­cour­age the Gov­ern­ment to au­tho­rise abor­tion in de­serv­ing cases in or­der to re­duce the in­ci­dence of baby dump­ing.

He told more than 50 par­tic­i­pants at a two-day Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial work­shop for lead­ers that it was im­por­tant that the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity put up a pro­gramme that would dis­cour­age baby dump­ing. The work­shop, or­gan­ised by the Zim­babwe Na­tional Fam­ily Plan­ning Coun­cil has as its main ob­jec­tive, the equip­ping of pro­vin­cial lead­ers with skills to com­mu­ni­cate meth­ods of fam­ily plan­ning in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

“I want to ob­serve that it is im­por­tant for us to put into place a pro­gramme that would dis­cour­age baby dump­ing. I hope that the med­i­cal broth­er­hood and sis­ter­hood would find a way to en­cour­age Gov­ern­ment to au­tho­rise abor­tions in cases that they are con­vinced might end up in the ba­bies be­ing dumped,’’ Cde Mu­tasa told the par­tic­i­pants who in­cluded chiefs, tra­di­tional birth at­ten­dants, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and se­nior pro­vin­cial med­i­cal of­fi­cers.

He said a con­certed ef­fort should con­tinue to be made to con­vince Zim­bab­weans about the need to plan their fam­i­lies if the coun­try’s goal of rais­ing the mod­ern use of con­tra­cep­tives from the present 38 per­cent to 49 per­cent by the end of 1996 was to be achieved. He said the achieve­ment of that goal would not only be good for the na­tion but also for the fam­ily unit and the fur­ther­ance of safe moth­er­hood and child wel­fare.

Cde Mu­tasa noted that the de­mo­graphic and health sur­vey of 1988 demon­strated that fam­ily plan­ning aware­ness among adults of re­pro­duc­tive age stood at 97 per­cent while use of mod­ern meth­ods re­mained at only 38 per­cent.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.