Family planning, fertility education, key to sustainable development—FG

1 Dr. Salma Ibrahim-Anas, Director of Family Health Services at the Federal Ministry of Health, says family planning and fertility education are key to achieving sustainable development and a secure environment.

2 Ibrahim-Anas made this known on Wednesday during the national kick-off meeting of the Women’s Integrated Services for Health (WISH) project in Abuja.

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3 She said the lack of family planning and poor access to fertility education contribute to current security issues plaguing the nation.

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4 She said proper timing and spacing of births would allow parents to instill morality, provide quality education and nutrition, as well as improve chances of survival and reduce disease and child burden. health facilities.

5 “The lack of family planning is a major contributor to insecurity in the country because the practice is to space out the number of children we want, when we plan to have them and the size of the family we can take care of.

6 “It is in terms of nutrition, moral upbringing, nurturing and quality care so that we have children who are brought up productively, well cared for and who contribute to national development.

seven “If you have that many, you may not be able to handle it.

8 This is where family planning comes in to regulate fertility.

9 “When you regulate fertility, you have children who contribute to national development because they are well guided.

ten “If we are not able to do this, we could end up in disaster because you have children who are not in school and who do not have access to quality education, both formal and spiritual.

11 “It makes them think irrationally and out of work and they have to fend for themselves.

12 So they start looking for various means of survival and that can lead to the insecurity that we are witnessing in Nigeria,” she said.

13 While reiterating governments’ commitments to improve access to family planning and other sexual and reproductive health services, she encouraged families to support the programs.

14 She added that the WISH project has improved people’s universal sexual and reproductive health and rights.

15 Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) health adviser Dr Ebere Anyachukwu said the project had been scaled up to record more success in sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) services.

16 Anyachukwu, however, stressed the need to improve national finances and ownership of family planning and reproductive health services.

17 “And this expansion will help federal and state governments advance the sustainability of reproductive health interventions in Nigeria.

18 “The WISH extension is here to help federal and state governments ensure that Nigerian women and families can access reproductive health services where they need them, when they need them for the betterment of their health. and their family.

19 “So I encourage women to access it as much as possible and we will put mechanisms in place to ensure it is maintained over a long period of time,” he added.

20 Furthermore, Mr. Emmanuel Ajah, Country Director of Marie Stopes International Nigeria (MSION), said that WISH was a three-year project supported by FCDO to support universal SRHR in Nigeria.

21 Ajah, explained that the project was implemented by MSION, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), IPas, Options and ThinkPlace in 13 states for three years.

22 He added that one year has been extended to support WISH project achievements in Bauchi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Borno, Kano and Jigawa states.

23 He said the expansion of the WISH project aims to strengthen government ownership of quality service delivery, oversight and leadership (SSR), in order to strengthen the health system.

24 Ajah, added that he was also seeking to ensure support for the implementation of SRHR policies, laws and regulations.

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