Public urged to understand family planning
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
South Sudanese have been urged to understand how family planning works to live good lives.
Speaking during the celebration of International Midwifery Day on Saturday in Juba, Ms. Judith Draleru Maturu, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) volunteer midwife based at Juba Teaching Hospital and Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery said Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies.
“It is not stopping people from producing but having the number they can feed, dress, educate, treat and shelter for better growth and development,” she said. “It is achieved through use of natural methods and contraceptive methods. It has a high potential to improve maternal and child health but mostly there is limited access to family planning services,” Ms. Maturu added.
She said family planning reduces incidences of sexually transmitted diseases and makes families mentally healthy and happy.
Ms. Maturu stated that family planning can benefit mothers, children, fathers, families and the community at large if well understood.
“It enables mother to regain her health after delivery, gives enough time and opportunity to love and provide attention to her husband and children, provides more time for her family and own personal development and when suffering from an illness, gives enough time for treatment and recovery,” she stressed.
Maturu reiterated family planning enables children to be healthy and their parents will have less burden and responsibility in raising them.
“They will get all the attention, security, love, education and care they deserve,” she explained adding that there would be no unwanted pregnancies if the whole populations of South Sudan use family planning methods.
“It prevents unwanted pregnancies, reduces the risk of unwanted pregnancies among women living with HIV/AIDS resulting in fewer infected babies and orphans. It enables people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health,” Ms Maturu stressed.
She said family panning represents an opportunity for women to pursue additional education and participate in public life.
According to Maturu, family planning was crucial to having sustainable population growth and prevention of the resulting negative impacts of high population on the economy, environment, and national and regional development efforts.
She added that healthy communities result from healthy families and individuals.