Family planning: Nigeria's health sector may run into deep crisis - Expert
Nigeria’s health sector will, in the next few weeks, run into massive chain of crises, if the federal government fail to rise to the challenge.
This is following the withdrawal of support to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently announced by the US President, Donald Trump.
The Executive Director, Association for Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP), Dr Ejike Orji, disclosed this in an interview with The AUTHORITY, in Abuja.
The reason, according to him, is that: “UNFPA is one of the agencies that support family planning in Nigeria. If the US government refuses to fund UNFPA and they don’t get money from another country, that means the support for Nigeria will also diminish. That is the immediate impact.
“UNFPA supports services in about 12 states in the country directly and also support other things like commodity purchase indirectly. These will be affected.”
While calling on the Nigerian government to look inward for a drastic solution, Orji explained that: “We are already facing a crisis unless we get the money.”
Explaining the implication of the lack of adequate family planning commodities in the country, Orji said: “If you don’t have adequate family planning, there will be a lot of unintended pregnancies, and once you have an unintended pregnancies, the woman have two choices; one she may say, well it has happen, let me keep the pregnancy.
“The other option is that, she may say I never wanted this pregnancy and it becomes an unwanted pregnancy. What she will then do is that she will want to terminate it. With the kind of laws we have, she may probably go to a quack and get herself killed.”
According to him:“We need 123 million dollars every year for us to be able to attain the costed implementation plan for family planning so that we will increase our Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 10 per cent to 30 per cent by 2018, but Nigeria is providing only 3 million dollars, majority of the money is coming from donors and UNFPA is a major donor. If they withdraw their support because they don’t have money, that means, we will not be able to attain our costed implementation plan.”