Maternal Mortality: Nasarawa Commissioner Charges Women to Adopt Family Planning

1 M Ahmad Yahaya, Nasarawa The state health commissioner has tasked women with accessing family planning services to reduce maternal mortality in the state.

2 He provided advice at a one-day media forum on the state of family planning in the state, hosted by Pathfinder International, in conjunction with Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHFPA)Thursday at lafia.

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3 Represented by the State Family Planning Coordinator, Ms. Salome Ayathe commissioner said family planning could reduce maternal mortality in the state by 30 percent and called for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders for greater adoption.

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4 Yahaya said the state government is doing everything in its power to strengthen efforts to institutionalize family planning.

5 The Commissioner added, “Although uptake of family planning in rural areas has been low, continued advocacy and support from Pathfinder International, the CLHFPA along with other collaborators have contributed to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in the state.

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seven Yahaya praised the media for playing a role with other partners in spreading family planning messages, adding that traditional and religious leaders, who were initially reluctant, have now embraced the initiative.

8 Yahaya, however, said much remains to be done to get women and men in rural communities to adopt the use of contraceptives and other preventive methods.

9 He mentioned health facilities where women could access professional family planning services across the state, including Dalhatu Araf Lafia Specialty Hospital and Keffi Federal Medical Center.

ten These services are also available in all 18 general hospitals, 539 primary health care centers as well as 70 private hospitals.

11 Also speaking at the forum, Ms. Mary Asheneye and M. Kalou Idikapresident and secretary of the CLHFPA, respectively, said the group aims to influence improved budget allocation for family planning in the state.

12 They commended the state government for revising the family planning budget from a paltry 5 million naira in 2017 to 30 million naira in the 2022 budget.

13 They also noted that releasing the money quickly would speed up program implementation.

14 Pathfinder International representatives Bayo Ewuola and Kosi Izundu said the advocacy was aimed at building the capacity of the media to effectively report on family planning and other sexual and reproductive health issues in the state.

15 NewsSourceCredit: NOPE

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