KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Nomagugu Simelane on Sunday urged young “amorous couples” to practise safe intercourse to steer clear of regrets — which included scrambling for morning-after capsules and contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
The MEC changed into using Valentine’s Day to enchantment to young men and females to guard themselves when engaging in sexual exercise.
“So, we’re saying to our folks, in enjoying for the time being, stop no longer find carried away. Let us be to blame, and no longer find ourselves with babies called Valentine’s and Phutha Liyenzeka (Errors Happen) by November.
“Executive has given us all of the alternate choices to guard ourselves. There are capsules, injections, implants and condoms that can perchance well well absorb to learn us prevent an unplanned being pregnant and unwanted babies. Let’s revel in ourselves with none regrets,” she said.
According to a Stats SA report titled Unwanted Fertility in South Africa, about 20% of pregnancies in the 5 years preceding the 2016 Demographic and Health Look (including pregnancies on the time), took disclose when females had been no longer planning on having kids.
The report acknowledged that the proportion of unwanted births increased from 17.3% in 1998 to 20.4% in 2016.
“Furthermore, in a abstract of a be taught project printed in the SA Clinical Journal … academic students point out that unplanned pregnancies among youth pose a extreme public health anguish.
“They repeat young females and their newborns to doable detrimental health and social outcomes, including the prospect of unsafe abortions, maternal despair and fright, untimely birth and low birth weight,” said Simelane.
She said unplanned pregnancies had been “socially disruptive and affect negatively on tutorial growth and future profession potentialities”.
“Ladies with unintended pregnancies have a tendency to be less nicely knowledgeable and poorer than females with out such pregnancies. Unplanned being pregnant happens mainly attributable to contraceptive failure and inconsistent or non-use of contraceptives, including inconsistent use of condoms.
“A sequence of factors had been related to unplanned or unintended pregnancies among youth. These include socio-financial, demographic and behavioural factors similar to poor socio-financial characteristic, age, living arrangements, peer stress, sexual coercion, intercourse socialisation, unprotected intercourse, ignorance, and opposed attitudes in the direction of contraception.”
She urged those aged adequate to be sexually active to “prefer care of themselves”.
“They must use protection. Men must use condoms, attributable to they come in freed from charge. The again now is also the reality that there are feminine condoms, which a girl has a lawful to positioned on if her accomplice doesn’t want to use a male condom,” she said.