Birth control to the rescue in Ebonyi

Friday, November 10, 2017

What can a governor do if he wants to grow his state economy when the odds are stacked against him? Crude oil has fallen out of favour and the population is growing at an alarming rate. Residents should go easy on procreation.
In Ebonyi State, birth control is one sure way to tackle the challenge. That was why Governor Dave Umahi launched the Resources for the Awareness of Population Impacts on Development or RAPID.
Umahi’s administration believes a controlled population is easier to manage in the face of limited resources.
At the launch which took place at International Conference Centre Abakaliki, the governor said the state government would embark on massive sensitisation of the people on fertility control measures.
The event was attended by political office holders and traditional rulers in the state.
RAPID is a report of a survey sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID through Health Policy Plus Nigeria.
Presenting the report, the Country Director of Health Policy Plus, Dr. Onoriode Ezire said Ebonyi has the highest fertility rate of 5.3 per cent in the Southeast.