“Uganda’s Horny Men [Without Me] Should Be Castrated To Control Escalating Population”-Dr.Lulume Bayiga!

“Uganda’s Horny Men [Without Me] Should Be Castrated To Control Escalating Population”-Dr.Lulume Bayiga!

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By Felix Oketcho

Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Dr Bayiga Lulume has asked men to embrace vasectomy in a bid to control the number of children they produce as one of the mechanisms of escalating the population rate in the country.

The legislator made the revelation at the consultative meeting of civil society actors, government officials and legislators in Kampala to gauge family planning 2030 commitments.

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. During the procedure, the male vasa deferentia are cut and tied or sealed so as to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra and thereby prevent fertilization of a female through sexual intercourse.

“As a physician, my best advice to men is to embrace vasectomy. It’s the only way to control the high population rate and remedy unwanted pregnancies especially for men who sleep around with a number of women,” Lulume said.

He threatened to move a motion in parliament so that law is gazetted to limit men to only three children saying this will reduce domestic violence among married couples, promote peaceful families and reduction in high population rate.

Dr.Moses Muwonge, Director Samasha Medical Foundation in his presentation noted that Uganda has faulted the family planning commitments by failing to invest more into the procurement of contraceptives needed by women and girls to control unwanted pregnancies.

“Uganda is far from achieving family planning commitments due to low investment into family planning services. Uganda needs to invest up to 150million dollars but currently, Uganda and development partners only have a budget of 50million dollars per year for family planning commodities,” he said.

He reasoned that investment of this magnitude would help women to space children and have manageable families.

Uganda’s population growth rate is currently 3.32%. The growth rate has remained around 3% for the past several decades in Uganda. This is influenced heavily by the country’s fertility rate of 4.78 births per woman. At this growth, over 1 million people are added to the population each year.

Dr.Betty Kyadondo, Director Family Health at National Population Council proposed that government mobilises domestic and external resources to support the implementation of the national family planning services to the tune of US295 Million dollars for the next five years.

During the London, family planning 2020 summit in July 2020 and the 2017 international conference on population and development 2019, the government of Uganda committed to reducing the unmet need for family planning to 10% and increasing the modern contraceptive prevalence rate to 50%. This target would help the average Ugandan family to have a small manageable family that they will be able to take care of and able to feed, educate and provide medical care among others.

Dr. Ritah Nakigudde Waddimba, Senior Technical Director and Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID/Uganda Family Planning Activity implemented by Pathfinder International said under pathfinders leadership and close collaboration with the ministry of health they will support the government to accelerate progress towards its commitments and objectives to achieve family planning targets through vision 2040 strategy. These commitments include achieving a modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women of reproductive age.

She noted that Pathfinder International intends to address contraceptive stockouts to increase access to quality voluntary family planning and facilitate updating and dissemination of national family planning standards and guidelines.

“Pathfinder International envisages a world where everyone has access to contraception, zero HIV infections, no woman dying of preventable pregnancy-related complications and everyone living healthy sexual and reproductive life,” she said.

Dr Charles Ayume who is the Chairperson of the Health Committee of Parliament pledged to table a motion in parliament to increase family planning allocation in the health sector budget and lobby finance to boost family planning services in the country.

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