Teenage pregnancy is rampant — and now clinics are running out of contraceptives

“Many medicines are currently out of stock in clinics and 40% of them are contraceptives. Within this category, 76% of the shortages are injectable contraceptives. Most women who use public health contraceptives use injectable contraceptives. “

Lester Kiewit interviews Professor Diane Cooper from the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape.

Due to the unavailability of contraception, women using public health facilities are now at a higher risk of having unplanned pregnancies.

The situation is dire and frustrating for healthcare providers at local clinics, says Professor Diane Cooper of the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape.

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Many drugs are currently out of stock in clinics and 40% of these are contraceptives… within this category, 76% of the shortages are injectable contraceptives… Most women who use public health contraceptives use injectable contraceptives…

Professor Diane Cooper, School of Public Health – University of the Western Cape

Cooper says the health department is not properly managing contraceptive orders.

Nurses usually recommend condoms when other forms of birth control have run out.

We will see unwanted pregnancies…

Professor Diane Cooper, School of Public Health – University of the Western Cape

Kiewit interviewed Cooper – scroll up to listen.


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