Bihar Health department distributes condoms among migrant labourers

As per official, To prevent unwanted pregnancy, the Bihar Health department is distributing condoms among migrant labourers who are going to their homes after completing 14-day institutional quarantine and those in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Amit Kumar, family planning coordinator with Care India, stated that, “It is easy to distribute contraceptives during door-to-door health inspection. Those who have not got it from quarantine centres will get them at home”.

Further, Of the 28 to 29 lakh migrants who have returned to the state, 8.77 lakh people have been discharged as they have completed their 14 day quarantine period. Besides, 5.30 lakh migrants, till date, are living at block and district level quarantine centres across the state, it said.

Following the PTI news agency here, “Migrant labourers are going to their homes after completing the 14-day institutional quarantine. Since there are chances of unwanted pregnancies, so we properly counsel them (migrant labourers) and give them tools (such as condoms) to avoid unwanted pregnancy,” a senior Health department official told media.

The official, who is entrusted with Family Planning in State Health Society, however, made it clear that “it is purely a family planning measure and has nothing to do with COVID-19. As a health professional, it is our responsibility to control the population. We have been taking the support of our health partner Care India to implement the initiative.”

As per the official sources here, It has been reported from the world over about unwanted pregnancies and it is in this backdrop, the Health department has initiated the step to check unwanted pregnancy, the official stated, adding that it is in addition to what the department has been doing on a regular basis. The initiative would continue till the quarantine centres are closed, he added. The quarantine centres are likely to be closed by June 15.

Despite this, The health coordinators have been distributing two packets of condoms at quarantine centres, ASHA workers have been distributing them during door-to-door screening of people in home quarantine. An official of the NGO Care India, adding that “we are providing technical support to the Health department in this initiative.”

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