As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Contraception Day today, the issues surrounding women’s reproductive health and rights are paramount more than ever.
With theme: “It’s Your Life, It’s Your Future, Know Your Body”, this year’s World Contraception Day continues the campaign around the vision where every pregnancy is wanted through enabling women and young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
Religious inclination and cultural beliefs are holding back service providers in Nigeria from encouraging unmarried young people to prevent unwanted pregnancy through family planning.
Dimos Sakellaridis, Country Director, DKT International, said this on Tuesday in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES against the backdrop of the World Contraception Day.
The Day is usually celebrated on September 26.
A league of civil society organisations has revealed plans to launch a family-planning methods for the “visible but hard to reach” groups—mainly teenagers—in efforts to reduce high rate of unwanted pregnancies among teenagers and secure their future.
Up to seven in every 10 women who die from pregnancy related complications are teenagers below age 18, latest research shows.
The federal government has set aside $4 million to tackle family planning, child and maternal health in the 2018 budget, it was learnt yesterday.
Chairman of The Association for Advancement of Family Planning, Dr Ejike Orji, stated this at a media round table at the National Population Commission (NPC) headquarters in Abuja.
A member of the group, Dr Kole Shettima, lauded the federal government for allocation.
He said it was critical to the sustenance of maternal and child health programmes in the country.
Ahead of the world contraception day on Tuesday, September 26, a non-governmental organisation, Development Communications (DEVCOMS), has revealed that about 46million abortions are performed in Nigeria every year.
In a release, DEVCOMS explained that unplanned pregnancies can have huge impact on the individuals, as well as, their partners’ lives, hence the need to use contraceptive as protection.
Bill Gates, world’s richest man, says the health situation in northern Nigeria is “very challenging”.
The north-east is facing a humanitarian crisis caused by years of Boko Haram insurgency.
An estimated two million people are said to have been displaced by the insurgency, with many of them living in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.
Speaking with BBC News Pidgin, Gates said Nigeria is one of the places he has interest in because the country is “important” to the world.
The immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has advised the federal government to pay critical attention to the high rate of maternal mortality in the country.
Mimiko gave the advise while speaking with journalists, on Friday, September 22, at the Chatham House in London.
The former governor delivered a paper on “Improving Access to Health Services for All” using his administration's achievement in maternal and child health as a case study.
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI) has lauded the efforts of Kaduna State Government for upgrading 255 ward health facilities and recruiting 600 health workers.
Its Chairman, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad-Makarfi made the commendation at a one-day sensitisation seminar on family health held at Local Government Secretariat, Sabongari, Zaria on Friday.
A joint report by World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank has said Nigeria recorded 58,000 maternal mortality in 2015.
The report was presented by Dr Olusola Odujinrin at the 2017 Annual Faculty Day Lecture by the Faculty of Public Health and Community Medicine, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.