Kakamega First Lady H.E Prof. Janet Kassily Barasa on Tuesday led residents of Kakamega County in commemorating the World Contraception Day at KMTC Grounds, East Wanga Ward in Mumias East Sub-County.

In her remarks during the event themed “The Power of Options,” the First Lady noted that this year’s theme shines a spotlight on the crucial role contraceptive choices play in empowering individuals to take control of their reproductive health.

“Contraceptive use empowers individuals and couples to make informed decisions about when and how many children to have, which contributes to healthier families, communities and societies as a whole,” she said.

Prof. Kassily further said contraceptives are cornerstones of reproductive health and family planning which allow people to choose the method that best suits their needs, preferences and circumstances.

“Whether it’s through pills, intrauterine devices, injections, implants or sterilisation, these options enable individuals to have greater control over their lives and futures,” she asserted.

She further observed that even though Kakamega County acknowledges the importance of the contraceptive options, it was also necessary to acknowledge the disparities that existed in access to contraception, even beyond.

Prof. Kassily pointed out that Kakamega County had shown its commitment to closing the gaps and ensuring that everyone regardless of their circumstances, has access to a wide range of contraceptive choices.

Emphasizing that Health is a key pillar in H.E Governor FCPA Fernandes Barasa’s manifesto, Prof. Kassily called upon health stakeholders to advocate for comprehensive education that empowers individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions and develop healthcare systems that provide affordable and accessible contraceptive services, ensuring that no one is left behind.

In further ensuring that residents of Kakamega County stay healthier, the First Lady encouraged them to regularly screen for cervical cancer and test for HIV/AIDS. Early screening and testing she said lead to successful treatment.

She reminded the students present to say NO to early sex so as to avoid teen motherhood and other complications that come with it. She warned that by using contraceptives, the students were not protected from contracting HIV infection.

The First Lady thanked the healthcare workers and especially the Community Health Promoters for their commitment to reserve residents in the communities.

She further lauded partners supporting the County Government in various interventions led by USAID Boresha Jamii, APPIP, UBJ, KMET, JHPIEGO Kenya, Mariestopes and Triggerize for their support on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services within the County.