The Minister of Health and Child Care, David Parirenyatwa said it is not government’s policy to distribute contraceptives to children as young as 10 years old and his ministry was encouraging youths not to have sex before marriage.
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Parirenyatwa who was flanked by his deputy, Paul Chimedza, the permanent secretary and the principal director for infectious disease, Gibson Mhlanga said this during a press conference in Harare to “clarify” government position on the matter.
His sentiments come in the wake of media reports at the weekend which implied that children aged 10 were being given contraceptives at 91 centres run by the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Centre. This had sparked an outcry from a cross-section of Zimbabwean society.