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Migrants leaving quarantine centre in Bihar given condoms

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In a bid to promote safe sex and prevent unwanted pregnancies, thousands of migrant labourers who are leaving quarantine centres and those who are under home quarantine across Bihar are getting condoms from State Health Society amid the coronavirus lockdown.

“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 and give them tools to avoid unwanted pregnancy,” a senior health department official told a news agency.

The official, who is entrusted with Family Planning in State Health Society, also said, “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”.

The official said unwanted pregnancies have witnessed a surge the world over during the lockdown and it was against this backdrop that the initiative was launched.

The initiative will continue till the quarantine centres are functioning, he added.

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.

The health coordinators have been distributing two packets of condoms at quarantine centres, ASHA workers have been distributing them during door-to-door during the screening of people in home quarantine.

India’s COVID-19 tally nearing 2 lakh, death toll at 5,598