Bhubaneswar: Injectable contraceptive ‘Antara’ will be now available in government-run hospitals across Odisha for free.
The injectable contraceptive after being a success in 130 countries will be introduced in phases in the government health system.
In the first phase, it will be available in all district hospitals, sub-district hospitals and medical college hospitals of Odisha.
Antara is a long-term, reversible method of contraception where the frequency of injections is once every three months and is a safe spacing method including for breast feeding women.
With an aim to strengthen the family planning programme in the state, the state’s Health and Family Welfare Department today launched the injectable contraceptive also known as Antara programme.
“This contraceptive is highly effective, very convenient, tested and tried as a very safe method of family planning and is in use in more than 130 countries around the world. It will also help women who are not able to convince their partners to use contraceptives,” said Dr. P K Meherda, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department speaking at the launching ceremony of Antara programme.
“The injectable contraceptive is supposed to be used within a week from the day a woman’s menstrual cycle starts. Currently, the injections are available for free at public health facilities. The availability of the injections may help reduce the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in the state. It has to be taken only once in every three months,” said Dr. Binod Kumar Mishra, Director Family Welfare speaking at the state-level function.
Preparatory activities to roll out the injectable contraceptive have been completed which includes, the orientation of district teams, roll out action plans and training of counselors said Mishra, while adding that United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing technical support in rolling out the injectables in the state which has also procured supplies for the country.
Among others Deputy Commissioner (Family Planning Division), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India Dr. S K Sikdar and Commissioner-cum-Mission Director, NHM, Odisha Shalini Pandit were present at the launching ceremony.