Ambitious family planning drive rolls out in Makueni as vasectomy leaves men divided
SEE ALSO :Tosha: No more painful search for waterMen are also being introduced to vasectomy, one of the permanent methods of family planning that has proven controversial among residents. The county government has already equipped 15 health centres with theatres and trained personnel across the county to offer vasectomy among other medical procedures. To effectively involve men, the Department of Health has recruited male community health volunteers and vasectomy champions whose role is to gather and talk to fellow men on the need to be in the forefront in family planning. Julius Kilonzo, one such volunteer from Nzambani village in Kambu, says most men readily agree to family planning but not vasectomy. “They have seen the importance of being involved in familyplanning but when we broach the vasectomy method, they brush it off; they equate it to castration.” But Dr Musyoki is advising men that vasectomy is perfect and has no known side effects.
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