US$1.4 million for birth control
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that it is spending US$1.4 million on the purchase of contraceptive devices to prevent teenage pregnancies. Condoms and other methods are available at public hospitals and from the Promese low-cost governmental pharmacies. Birth control is also distributed at public hospitals and primary care centers.
On Friday, 4 November 2016, Minister of Public Health Altagracia Guzmán Marcelino said this policy was part of the ministry’s strategy to combat the serious problem of teenage pregnancies and maternal mortality. She said that the health providers (ARS) do not cover the cost of contraception because there is no National Social Security Council resolution obliging them to do so.
She said, nevertheless, that more awareness on the use of contraceptive devices in the family and society in general was essential.
Dr. Guzmán said that the average sexual initiation age for girls was lower every year, with a high risk of pregnancies because of the lack of sex education.
Source: DR1, Acento
Nov 7, 2016
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