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.