For the first time in the country, Haryana has launched a project to provide an injectable contraceptive to women.
The contraceptive would be effective for three months.
The project named ‘Salamati’, started on trial basis, will give contraceptive for free of cost.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the contraceptives would be available at all primary and health centres and district hospitals.
The areas covered under the project include four blocks in Palwal district, three in Mewat, Kurali in Faridabad, and Khor in Rewari.
They were chosen given the mother and infant mortality rate in these districts which is more as compared to other districts.
The project was launched to offer a choice in family-planning measures.
The state health minister Anil Vij said he would also request the Centre to get the injectable contraceptive included in the list of essential medicines.
If the project turns out to be a success, it will be extended throughout the state.