A new contraceptive called ‘implant’ will soon be introduced to public health facilities in National Capital District.
This family planning implant was recently introduced by Marie Stopes PNG and is aimed at minimizing unplanned pregnancies.
In PNG, the two types of implants used are Jadelle and Sino. Jadelle last for five years inside a woman’s left arm while Sino last for four years.
NCD Health Services Specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Doctor Lutty Amos, said this method is effective compared to other contraceptives.
“It is easy to insert and easy to remove” said Doctor Amos.
She said many women have become victims of unplanned pregnancies and this will help them to properly plan their family.
Doctor Amos said according to the 2006 NHS report, PNG was ranked second to Afghanistan in maternal deaths alone.
“This is very poor. The rate stands at 733 per 100, 000 live births.” She said.
On Tuesday, 29th of this month, the first implant practice will be carried out at the six mile clinic in Port Moresby.
Women and girls ages 16 years and over are encouraged to attend.