Zambia has recorded an increase in the fertility rate currently standing at 5.2 percent children per woman.
Meanwhile, the rate of increase in fertility has raised concern among members of the medical fraternity.
Ndola Central Hospital Assistant Senior Medical Superintendent Sebastian Chinkoyo says there is therefore need to promote family planning among all sexually active people.
Dr. Chinkoyo told ZANIS in an interview in Ndola today that according to the Demographic Health Survey, between 2013 and 2014 the fertility rate stood at 5.2 percent of the number of children per woman.
Dr. Chinkoyo who is Head of Clinical Care and also a Consultant Obstetrician-Gynaecologist said for Zambia the normal fertility rate of the number of children per women should be between two and three.
“There is need to promote family planning methods among all sexually active people as the expected number of children a women should have is at least two or three children”, said Dr Chinkoyo.
He noted that five children for a women was too much adding that this was why medical practitioners should work with the communities and sensitize them on the benefits of using contraceptives and let them know that they were safe if used correctly.
He explained that there are a lot of misconceptions concerning family planning methods as some people believe that they cause infertility.
Dr Chinkoyo said there was a lot of information gap between medical practitioners and the communities which lead to both men and women shunning family planning services.
Dr. Chinkoyo further said people should understand that family planning methods are in two categories which include limiting the number of children one should have and child spacing.
He also explained that there are two family planning methods which include temporal and permanent contraceptives.
Dr Chinkoyo noted that a permanent family planning method can be performed on both men and women but that the temporal ones were for women only.