New Delhi: The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey, stated in the Rajya Sabha today, that the basket of choices has already been expanded with the introduction of two new methods – medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) which is an injectable contraceptive, and centchroman (Chhaya pills).
The Government already provides two contraceptive options free of cost for men in the National Family Planning Program viz. condoms and male sterilization.
‘Vasectomy Fortnight’ is observed in the month of November, each year, in all states of India to raise awareness on male participation and promotion of male sterilization. Training of service providers in no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) to enhance the pool of service providers was also undertaken.
Condom boxes have been set up in health facilities to enable clients to access condoms in privacy. The delivery of contraceptives to beneficiaries by accredited social health activist (ASHAs) has been set up under home delivery of contraceptives schemes. The compensation for male sterilization under the Enhanced Compensation Scheme for Sterilization and under Mission Parivar Vikas, has been increased.
A holistic media campaign was launched to highlight the role of men in family planning to encourage men to adopt family planning methods.
The MoS Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.