Some men in Malawi are still reluctant to go for vasectomy due to myths that are related to the family planning method.
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilisation or a permanent male contraception and recently, Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) introduced a programme offering free vasectomy to all men in Malawi.
However, in random interviews conducted recently with men from different parts of the country, most of the men are not interested to get the contraception method.
Penjani Phiri, a resident of Kasungu District, says a few men will go for vasectomy because most of the marriages in Malawi are not trustworthy and do not last long, hence the need for the man to continue to father children with another woman.
“When a man undergoes vasectomy, it means that he will never have children again so this is risky considering the way women are behaving these days,” said Phiri.
But Judith Mkwate, a nurse at Beit Cure Hospital in Blantyre, said the free vasectomy programme that BLM is offering will benefit the country if more men accept to undergo the procedure.
“Our country is facing high population growth problems leading to pressure on resources. Banja la Mtsogolo is trying to reduce population growth,” said Mkwate.
She appealed to men to go for vasectomy if they really care about Malawi.
In 2013, when BLM also introduced free vasectomy services only 100 men underwent the free procedure.