The National, Thursday 01st December 2011
By ANGELINE KARIUS
MORE than 500 women in Madang have accepted intra-uterine device as a family planning method, according to statistics from a locally based international non-governmental organisation involved in reproductive health.
Nursing officer Sion Dage said most women requesting and accepting the procedure were over 40.
She said most had either five to six children or were still having children.
“Most are women who give birth in rural areas where poor counselling and methods in family planning are discussed,” she said.
She said the office in the last quarter alone had recorded more than 300 cases.
“None have returned with complications so far,” she said.
Dage said the number of women requesting for the procedure had been overwhelming.
She said women folks, young and old came from all six districts in the province.
She also said Bogia district on the North coast recorded a 94 acceptance rate with 80 being screened to undergo the procedure.
“If however the client was found to have genital infections then medication was a priority before the procedure was performed,” she said.
The IUD is a small T-shaped plastic device with cooper wrapped around it. A specially trained health care
provider inserts it into
a woman’s uterus through her vagina or cervix.