Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme says government remains committed towards ensuring that access to family planning services is enhanced.
Mr. Chiteme said government together with cooperating partners are working towards ensuring that distances covered to access family planning services are reduced.
He stated that government desires to see that people get the benefit of reducing unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions by promoting use of modern family planning methods.
The Minister said this in Chongwe to mark the World Population Day commemoration.
And Mr. Chiteme noted that some family planning methods also helps to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya in a speech read for him by the Acting Provincial Health Director, Kozia Zgambo noted that government realises that every individual that has reached the reproductive age should have access to family planning.
He said it is out of this realisation that his Ministry and cooperating partners are working together to ensure accessibility and availability of quality family planning commodities in all parts of the country.
And United Nations Resident Coordinator, Janet Rogan stated that about 2,000 people who are sexually active are expected to start using family planning by the year 2020.
She stated that if couples cannot decide to take up family planning then they risk not affording to provide quality education and other services for their children.
Ms. Rogan noted that the UN family will continue supporting Zambia in ensuring that access to family planning services is spread out to the rest of the country by among others taking health centres closer to the people.