Family planning for a better life | The Guardian Nigeria News


The continued focus at the national level on family planning and population control in Nigeria could not have come at a bolder time. In a decade or two, Nigeria will become the third most populous country, after China and India. And already, there is great pressure on the family when it comes to living conditions, health status, internships, employment opportunities, infant mortality and related issues. People can be an asset if they are in harmony with development goals; just as it can be a handicap if it is not reconciled with resources and work opportunities. The demographic projection is frightening, especially because having a geometric population explosion without a corresponding visible socio-economic growth is a handicap that could only spell the end of the country for the near future. We cannot stress enough the need to put in place control measures to control the population growth of the country and manage the population growth in the interest of all.

One way to manage the population is the adoption of family planning (FP), which also prevents maternal and infant mortality. Family planning refers to a woman’s ability to choose if and when to get pregnant and to carry that pregnancy through to term. It helps ensure that pregnancies occur at the healthiest time in a woman’s life, and that these pregnancies are wanted and planned. In addition, when pregnancies occur at the healthiest times, women and their newborns are more likely to survive.

Family planning has the ability to prevent up to a third of maternal deaths and the survival of newborns. Therefore, ensuring access to FP is not only a human rights issue, but can also play a key role in protecting the lives of mothers and children; without neglecting the management of the demographic explosion to avoid demographic disaster.

Therefore, FP is essential in the calculation of population management, as the demographic explosion of Nigeria without a corresponding expansion of health, education and employment opportunities, is heading towards a demographic disaster, which is unfolding. Already manifested in areas such as securing admission to schools, hospitals, getting a job and pervasive crime, etc. in addition to the issue of maternal and infant mortality.

In addition, an uncontrolled population without proper infrastructure is again evident in the overpopulation, depletion of natural resources and the deterioration of the land environment. All in all, it is plausible that living conditions in the country today would be much higher if the population were much smaller than it is now. Unfortunately, Nigeria has not met the FP target of enabling more women and girls of childbearing age to have access to contraceptives by 2020.

So, it is heartwarming that during the recent global gathering marking the launch of the New Decade of Partnership for Family Planning (FP2030), a global partnership that supports the reproductive rights of women and girls, Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health said the Nigerian government is committed to allocating at least one percent of annual national and state health budgets to family planning, which is part of the government’s efforts to ensure that every woman and daughter has access to life-saving family planning services.

This commitment should not be just for “political correctness”; rather, it should be rolled out for the implementation of the new Family Planning Master Plan (2020-2024), which is Nigeria’s roadmap for safe motherhood through the healthy schedule offered by modern FP commodities. The House Committee on Health should, through its oversight function, ensure that the percent of annual national and state health budgets devoted to family planning is released in a timely manner and used wisely.

Dr Ehanire, at the launch of a book titled ‘Family Planning for a More Productive Nigeria’ at the 2020 Nigeria Family Planning Conference in Abuja, argues that it is possible to achieve contraceptive prevalence rate ( CPR) of 27% by 2024. He recognized the need to collaborate with partners and relevant stakeholders in the procurement and distribution of family contraceptives, in order to achieve the CPR of 27%.

He was correct in calling Nigeria’s total fertility rate of 5.5 percent in sub-Saharan Africa outrageous, as recorded in the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). State Health Minister Olorunnimbe Mamora said that adequate family planning has the capacity to reduce maternal deaths in the country by at least 30%. Speaking at the media launch of the national family planning campaign by the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH), he noted that Nigeria continues to lead the world’s maternal deaths, 512 women die per 100,000 live births in the country, an unacceptable statistic.

Also speaking, the national coordinator of the RMCH project, Emmanuel Lufadeju, said Nigeria’s population of 200 million would double by 2050. He said although more than 90 percent of women of reproductive age know the contraceptive use, only 15 percent use it. It is true, as Lufadeju explained, that most of the poor countries of the world are those with high populations.

In addition, it is important to deconstruct the social and gender norms that hinder the agency, autonomy and access to rights-based family planning of women and girls, as well as those that have an impact on women and girls. men, youth and vulnerable populations. In addition, there is a need to improve the working relationship between the media and the health sector, as the media can help sensitize and educate women and men on the importance of accessing FP. Men’s education is essential because arguably, most men undermine the severity of maternal and infant mortality, and therefore do not provide the necessary support for the adoption of FP.

Likewise, civil society organizations should develop and implement culturally acceptable interventions to promote the creation of demand for FP services in order to manage the population of the country in order to reduce the imbalance between socio-economic growth and the population. .


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