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Dr. Ejike Oji is the Chairman of the Association of the Advancement of the Family Planning (AAFP). In this interview with OBINNA ODOH, he discusses the outcome of National Conference on Family Planning, including how to explore success stories and challenges faced in the advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria.
What is the current situation with the use of family planning in Nigeria?
Mindful of the clock ticking down to a Trump presidency, the Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday to bar states from withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health clinics that provide abortions. The measure takes effect two days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald Trump.
IN recognition of the important role that they play in the provision of healthcare, especially at the grassroots, Traditional Birth Attendants, TBAs, have been recognised as indispensable to healthcare delivery in the country.
A past Chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi who stated this position, said the State government should put in place capacity building programmes to boost the confidence of TBAs to safely take deliveries and make quick referrals in case of emergency.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday commended the Kaduna State Government’s response to prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The UNICEF chief on HIV/AIDS, Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha, gave the commendation at a meeting in Kaduna.
Mbori-Ngacha said that the state government would soon achieve the Prevention of Mother-to- Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS.
She said that the state was able to test and counsel large number of women on HIV/AIDS in 2016.
Sokoto and Kebbi States ministry of Health has organised a three day workshop aimed at boosting Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (IFAS) for pregnant women in Northern Nigeria.
The IFAS startup workshop would help in no small measure in the sensitising not only child bearing age women in the region but also their husbands on adequate preparation before having children.
Kaduna State Government has expressed satisfaction over the progress been recorded in child spacing across the state as it announced plans to test run a new injection in four local government areas of the state.
According to the state government, the administering is a pilot project which if successful will be expanded to other local government areas of the state.
A gynaecologist and wife of Niger State governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, has called for child spacing to check the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the state.
In an address at the opening ceremony of the World Contraception Day (WCD) Ambassadors project at Gyigyi and Sharuwadna communities in Shiroro Local Government Area, Dr. Amina said the maternal mortality rate in the state was high and that all hands must be on deck to check it.
The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, has disclosed that approximately 100,000 children die from diarrhoea in Nigeria annually.
USAID Chief of Party, Dr. Ayodele Iroko, made this known at the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector, SHOPS, project in Makurdi.