The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker has urged women to embrace family planning, noting that it helps ensure proper child spacing and socio-economic empowerment of the family.
According to Dr. Coker, the benefits of family planning is not for women alone, but the family and society at large.
The commissioner spoke at the launch of the Ogun State Depot Medroxy_Progesterone Acetate Sub_Cutaneous (DMPA_SC) documents – a four-year accelerated scale-up plan to increase contraceptive access among women of childbearing age.
The commissioner stressed that child spacing would help improve the health and socio-economic empowerment of the family if allowed.
“In fact, family planning in every society is imperative to decide the economic planning of the family members, and the introduction of the DMPA-SC will also help encourage more women to receive contraceptive in confidence,” Coker said
The event held in Ibara, Abeokuta was organised in conjunction with Pathfinder International, Nigeria and Family Health Initiative.
The DMPA-SC scale-up plan covering the year 2019 to 2022, the commissioner said is an all-in-one syringe (uninject), and easy-to-use product, known as “Sayana Press”
While also speaking during the event, wife of the governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, said the implementation of documents would assist the State in reducing maternal and child mortality rate, and increasing contraceptive prevalence rate.
Mrs. Abiodun noted that Ogun is the first State in Nigeria to unveil the plan, noting that the programme would allow more women and youths have access to easily and discreetly self-inject product in their homes and other convenient locations, rather than go to health facilities to access family planning services.
“Proper implementation of this DMPA-SC guidelines will expand access and accelerate progress towards Nigeria’s National Family Planning Blueprint, findings have shown that about 27,664 women of reproductive age have been on DMPA-SC, while 228 are on self-injection,” she said
In his presentation, the Programme Coordinator, Reproductive Health, Pathfinder International, Mr. Yusuf Nuhu appreciated the Ogun State efforts to improve the health and well-being of its citizens, saying the State was the first to fully domesticate the national policy that was developed for contraceptive health.
In her contribution, the Chairperson, FAHIO, Mrs. Kemi Balogun said the State was in a vantage position to achieve zero Maternal and Child deaths, when human and material resources, as well as fund, were mobilised to provide family planning consumables among other necessities for the delivery of effective services.
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