Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has assured women in the state of a “truly free access” to child spacing services with effect from July.
Balarabe gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State on Monday.
She spoke on the sideline of a three-day workshop on costed implementation plan for child spacing organised by Palladium and Pathfinder International to promote child spacing in the state.
Nigeria’s population continues to increase rapidly with no commensurate development in health care service delivery. With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fuelled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths. Nigeria’s maternal and child deaths is one of the highest in the world.
Nigeria loses about 2, 300 children who are below five years of age and 145 women of children bearing age every day.
Deputy Director, Maternal, and Child Health project of the Society for Family Health, Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, said this yesterday during the health outreach organized by the Lydia Dolapo Komolafe Foundation at Wukara community of the Federal Capital Territory.
Over 200 members of the community received free malaria, HIV and vital signs screening during the exercise.
Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), an NGO, has called for increased funding of family planning services to raise the level of contraceptive use to 36 per cent by 2018.
The organisation’s media specialist, Iliya Kure, said in a paper he presented to mark 2017 Safe Motherhood Week, that current national contraceptive commodities usage was slightly above 15 per cent.
The paper is entitled `Child spacing: Key strategy to reducing maternal death – time to act.’
He said, “‘Nigerian government is off the track at federal level and state level.
CCP believes that access to family planning is key to solving many of the world’s most pressing health problems. We were founded to improve access to family planning information and, to this day, family planning communication is at the heart of much of CCP’s work.
We partner with governments, donors, civil society, service delivery providers and the private sector to design, implement and evaluate health communication interventions that change social norms and behaviors around family planning use. Much of our work focuses on:
The Ogun State Government has vowed to intensify efforts on policies and programmes that would enhance family planning services to further reduce the maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye made this known while playing host to the team from Pathfinder International, Nigeria and Executive of Advocacy Working Group (AWG), in his office, Abeokuta, Ogun state Capital
Going by Oyo State’s new family planning blue print, no less than N2billion would be required ever year to ensure the Oyo state’s contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) increases from 37.4 per cent to 60 per cent.
Oyo State Commissioner of Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan at its launch described the Oyo State Family Planning Blueprint as a comprehensive plan to drive the state’s response to family planning and to ensure a reduction in the state’s maternal and infant mortality rates.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Sunday, says it will enact a law to give family planning programmes full legal backing in the state to effectively tackle maternal mortality.
Alhaji Mohammed Opkede (PDP-Doma North), Chairman, House Committee on Health, disclosed this in Akwanga at the end of 3-day workshop on “Development of the Nasarawa State Costed Implementation plan for Family Planning.”
Kaduna State government in northern Nigeria, in collaboration with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), have introduced programmes aimed at ensuring people in the state fully understand and embrace family planning.
This has resulted in the training and sensitization of relevant stakeholders in different fora towards appreciating the benefits and importance that goes with child birth spacing to the individual, the family, the community and the society at large.