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 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says it has trained personnel in 44 private hospitals in Nasarawa state in North central Nigeria, on improved quality family planning methods.
Mrs Ayodele Iroko, the Chief of Party, Strengthening Health Organisation through Private Sector (SHOPS), Nigeria, disclosed this in Lafia the state capital.
He said USAID-SHOPS Project is aimed at building the capacity of the private health sector toward improving the quality of family planning services, and also increase access to such services.