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Media urged to indulge in family planning campaign

11 January 2013, 16:23 Wangui Joseph

The National Council Population Development (NCPD) assistant Director Priscilah Lasoi has said that media has a basic role and mandate of sensitizing and informing Kenyans on family planning methods and its benefits.

Lasoi said the population growth rate in the country is high as per the 2009 census and if something is not done to control it, it will be a problem in future.

“High population may also lead to high level of poverty and other hazards,” she noted.

She was addressing Journalists from Murang’a, Laikipia, Nyeri, Nyandarua and Nanyuki during a forum held in a Nyeri hotel.  

Lasoi said there is a great need for the public from all walks of life to be informed on the new family planning methods.

She was in company of the NCPD central province Regional Cordinator Fidelis Ndung’u when she said, “When population is low it is a benefit to the state government for it will be able to offer good and sustainable services to its people”.

The assistant director said the Government should have a mechanism to be followed to control the national population.

“Media has a significant and major duty to play by creating awareness to the people and informing them on negative impacts of high population,” she added.

Her counterpart Fidelis Ndung’u unfounded sentiments by some local leaders who are urging women to sire more children.

“Some leaders are telling women to give birth to more children while it is clear that they will not participate in bringing up those children. They are just promising KES 500 which cannot even take that baby to a clinic for check up twice,” warned Ndung’u.

They called upon leaders to familiarize themselves with economics and its link to the population.

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