Various stakeholders have called upon the Government to put much emphasis on sexual reproductive health during this lockdown period when there are restricted movements and increased transport charges.
While addressing the press in Kampala, Nakalembe Fatuma, the General Operations Officer at Community Health Rights Network revealed that although the COVID19 pandemic has affected all sectors of life, reproductive health has been greatly affected especially at the grass-root level.
She pointed out that during this period there has been a deficiency in availability and accessibility of sexual reproductive health services for vulnerable women which needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
“We call upon Government through the Ministry of Health to prioritize health and ease access to health services because if not properly handled it may result in unwanted pregnancies and unsafe births which may cause increased mortality rate,” she said.
She argued that this was clearly explained by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report which pointed out that during the lockdown period two million women failed to access Family planning options.
Kobugabe Dorothy, Sexual Reproductive Officer at COHERINET asked all other potential stakeholders to join hands with Government to save the lives of Ugandans.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Bbaale Abraham, the community Liaison officer at Kalerwe Police Post revealed that in his area, many people have not been able to get timely health services due to poverty.
“Most of the health facilities are in distant areas which has made it difficult for people in slams to access them, secondly most of them who no longer work don’t have money to pay for these services,” he asserted.
He added that the congestion in slams has exposed children to sexual affairs at a very tender age.
During this lockdown, there has been an increase in cases of domestic violence food shortages in many families.