Practice family planning amid ECQ, couples urged

A mobile clinical outreach team from Marie Stopes International, a specialized sexual reproductive health and family planning organization on a site visit to Laniar health center, a rural area, where they offer many sexual reproductive health services and counseling, including the full range of family planning options, emergency contraception, pre- and post natal care, and cervical cancer screening and treatment.

Following the warning of the United Nations Population Fund that the lockdowns may result in seven million unwanted pregnancies worldwide, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reminded couples to practice family planning during the enhanced community quarantine.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH is working with local government units to promote reproductive health.

ā€œBecause we are under quarantine, couples may not be able to visit health centers to avail themselves of family planning services and supplies.Ā So we want to remind couples to do what is necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies,ā€ Vergeire said at a press briefing.

She saidĀ couples may ask for condoms and contraceptive pills good for three months.

Barangay health centers in areas under quarantine remain open to serve the public, Vergeire said.

She urged couples to consult with midwives, nurses and doctors by calling the Telemedicine hotlines or the Commission on Population.