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.
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), has advocated stiff penalties as a way to abolish quackery (in the health sector) which has led to death of many Nigerians.
Oyo State Team Leader of NURHI, Mrs. Stella Akinso made this suggestion on Wednesday in Ibadan while speaking at a Media Round Table on ‘Save Motherhood’ organized by Development Communications (DevComs), Network in conjunction with NURHI.
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.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, in collaboration with Nigerian Urban Rural Health Initiative, NURHI, organized a 2-day training for social media influencers/bloggers on Family Planning Projection in Nigeria.
Held in Lagos, Ibadan and Kaduna, the focus of the training was designed to increase the awareness and need to adopt family planning methods in the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths recorded in the country.
Connection between Nigeria and the United States of America (USA) has been described as profoundly important, stressing that family ties, ideas and democracy linked both nations.
This was disclosed by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, at an Alumni Strategic Leadership Workshop, held in Abuja, themed “Promoting Alumni Programmes and Networks in Nigeria.”
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) 2, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, on Monday inaugurated a family planning unit at the Ibafon Primary Health Centre in Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA, Lagos State.
NURHI 2 put the family planning unit put in place under a “72-hour Family Planning Clinic Make-Over’’ project from 50 selected primary health centres (PHC) and hospitals in Lagos.
Although family planning commodities are free in Lagos, lack of consumables and poor state of family planning clinics at the Primary Health Care (PHCs) remains a major hurdle to accessing the services at the PHC level.
A visit to some of the Lagos PHCs reveals that many of the facilities lack consumables for modern contraceptive procedure, some have no dedicated FP room to ensure privacy for users, they operate with old or incomplete equipment and others can’t offer implant due to lack of trained personnel or equipment.
The Oyo State Team Leader of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), Mrs Stella Akinso, said on Friday that family planning was a key economic strategy in a recession.
Akinso said in Ibadan that the benefits of family planning went beyond the family level to improving the nation’s health and economic indices.
According to her, family planning in a recession would enable government to plan population growth and optimise the use of limited resources towards development projects for the benefits of the citizenry.
The Caretaker Chairman of Oluyole Local Government in Oyo State, Alhaji Kola Orelope on Monday advocated increasing funding of health programmes in Nigeria.
Alhaji Orelope made the call at the commissioning of the second batch of 72 hours Clinic Makeovers in 5 Primary Health Care centres in Oluyole and Egbeda Local government areas of the state by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI).