21 December 2012

Tanzania: 'Katavi Parents Bear Too Many Children'

PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda has warned residents in Katavi Region over the irrational habit of bearing too many children, a situation that does not go well with government development plans.

He has called for proper use of birth control initiatives. The Premier sounded the warning on Wednesday when addressing a public rally in Mamaba Ward, Majimoto Division, Mlele District. The prime minister is on a working visit in the region.

He has inspected various development projects and talked to the wananchi. Mr Pinda railed against unplanned child bearing, especially among the Wasukuma tribal settings who have immigrated into the area. Each family bears a large number of children without due regard to economic hardships.

"It is high time you realized that making too many children is no longer proper. You must plan your families. Birth control is no longer an option. It is an imperative, given the economic hardships that prevail when families have too many children," he said.

The prime minister said that the recent population census indicates that in Katavi Region the number of residents has doubled with a quarter of the population being members of the Wasukuma tribes people who have moved into the region.

Mr Pinda noted that the benefit of bearing children in accordance with birth control requirements is to reduce the rate of child deaths among the under-fives. It has been reported that child deaths in this category were increasing.

Katavi Region has few medical personnel and medical facilities, especially in outlying villages. On his welcoming note, the Katavi Regional Commissioner, Dr Rajab Rutengwe, urged parents and guardians to take their under-five year olds to vaccination centres for vaccination against diarrhoea and pneumonia.

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