FG to increase PHC providing family planning to 20,000.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Federal government, leveraging on the existing functional primary health facilities in the country,  has said it is increasing health facilities providing family planning services to 20,000 in recognition of its implications for people’s wellbeing.

Director, Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, who made the disclosure at a virtual meeting marking Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) National Close-out and end of project dissemination, said the plan to increase the number of health facilities providing family planning services in the country is to foster a positive attitude about planning families.

Dr Anas-Kolo stated that the Federal Government is working  hard to ensure that family planning commodities continue to reach communities to the last mile even as it resolves to ensure that family planning is institutionalised as a measure for birth spacing and population control.

Dr Anas-Kolo said that Nigeria’s goal of achieving modern contraceptive prevalence of 27 per cent by the end of this year by 2020 had been slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added, “We will continue to implement minimal package for sexual and reproductive health, especially where humanitarian crisis has occurred, remove regulatory barriers and ensure access to new contraceptive methods.

“We will also continue investing in a robust accountability system that tracks and reports annually real-time domestic resource on FP expenditures both at the national and state levels.”
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