Contraceptive implant for med students dropped

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Women in the group of 96 medical students who were recently sent to [b]Cuba[/b] would not be given the controversial contraceptive implant to prevent pregnancy.

[s]The Mercury[/s] reports that this is according to [b]KwaZulu-Natal Health[/b] MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo who said the health department had not prescribed contraceptives for those who were awarded bursaries.

The MEC came under fire in August when female students, who went to [b]India[/b] to study pharmacy and ultrasonography at the government’s expense, were told they had to have a contraceptive implant. The idea to enforce contraception came after several students, on government bursaries, fell pregnant while studying in Cuba. Dhlomo said the policy that prevented pregnant students from returning to Cuba after giving birth was to be revised to accommodate them, as many were interested in resuming their medical studies.

‘There are two students who will go back next year to finish off after they came back to give birth. We are just glad they will not lose out completely but only have to catch up a year,’ he said. There were students who had dropped out of the programme for ‘things that are trivial and should have been avoided’, he said.

Full report in The Mercury

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