Delta Government Tasks of Family Planning Service Providers on Safe Childbirth
By Ifeanyi Olannye
The Delta government has tasked family planning (FP) service providers with the need to deploy their expertise for safe service delivery to service users, the “takers” in the state.
State Commissioner for Health Dr. Mordi Ononye gave the charge while declaring open a five-day training workshop for FP service providers on Tuesday, in Asaba.
Ononye, represented by Dr. Paul Ynikori, Director of Community Health Services at the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), said the training was fit to check the rate of population growth in the country.
He urged service providers to give valuable advice to their clients and not to force them to choose but to allow them to make their choice of family planning service.
According to the commissioner, the purpose of this training workshop is to reduce overcrowding in view of the current economic situation in the country.
“The service provider must see themselves as strategic leaders who can help this nation in this direction.
“Family planning training is one of those ways to make sure our population is properly vetted, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to force people into it,” he said.
Ononye said that for Nigeria to achieve a healthy and productive population as the country progresses, there is a need to plan well for future development before the year 2050.
In her remarks, the State Coordinator, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, DSPHCDA, Ms. Patience Eke, said the workshop was aimed at training service providers on Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC).
“LARC are the methods we offer to a client, any woman of productive age, between 15 and 45 years old. We have different types. We have the one who can carry a woman for three years, five years, 10 years and 12 years.
“When these women come, we advise them and allow them to make their choice. We still have other methods, which are the injectable, the oral, the condom among other methods of family planning.
“But why we pay more attention to the implant is because of its technical aspect as opposed to the injectable and such,” she said.
According to Eke, the implant requires many techniques that require more training and experience from providers.
“And before any of our suppliers can benefit from this service, the supplier must have been competently trained, supervised and certified.
“This training stops on paper, after which we will enter into formative supervision; you know we are dealing with human life, so it takes a lot of training and practice.
“The training will take us 5 days from which they will practice with a dummy.” (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola