Injectable contraceptives will soon be available in medical colleges and district hospitals across India as part of the government’s plan to expand the current basket of choice for the people adopting family planning.

“Yes. The government proposes to make injectable contraceptives available to the public. It has been decided to introduce it in a phased manner starting from medical colleges, district hospitals followed by sub district hospitals, community health centres and subsequently to primary health centres,” Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel told parliament recently.

According to the minister, the current budgetary allocation to ensure sustained attention to quality of contraceptive care is Rs 77,665.45 lakh.

The current basket of choice has been expanded to include new contraceptives like injectable contraceptive, centchroman and progesterone Only Pills (POP), she said, adding that the packaging for condoms, oral contraceptive and emergency pills has now been improved and redesigned so as to influence the demand for these products.

The government has also launched a 360 degree media campaign to generate contraceptive demand, while the sterilisation compensation scheme has been enhanced in 11 high focus states.

Patel said the scheme for home delivery of contraceptives by ASHA workers at doorstep of beneficiaries has been expanded to the entire country.

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