More families are adopting family planning in Niger — Agence

By Obinna Unaeze

The Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA) reports that more than 250,718 families adopted family planning (FP) from 2021 to May 2022 in the state.

The agency’s FP coordinator, Ms. Dorcas Abu, made the point during a media forum on “the state of family planning” organized by Pathfinder International, an international NGO in Minna on Friday.

Abu said families adopted FP methods in order to minimize complications in pregnancies or deliveries.

She said that “in 2021, many families in Niger’s 25 local communities have accepted FP.

“Between January and May 2022, over 50,000 families also accepted FP, and counting.”

She, however, said that certain factors affect the uptake of FP in the state, adding that the male factor (husband) has been a barrier “because some husbands don’t want to hear anything about FP because of their religion. or their tradition.

“Women are the most affected because they sometimes have to lie to their husbands saying that they are going to be vaccinated to come and benefit from FP services.

“Some other women access FP services when they bring their children for vaccinations.”

The coordinator said the government’s untimely release of funds and security concerns in parts of the state were other factors affecting FP uptake in some areas.

She explained that the meeting, hosted by Pathfinder International, was to assess its five-year partnership project with the state government on FP.

According to Abu, the project has done a lot to sensitize families to adopt FP, with free or affordable health consumables depending on availability.

Health Commissioner Dr Muhammad Makusidi said birth control was needed to allow the government to plan for everyone.

He said the state government should help families adopt FP to reduce maternal mortality.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fertility rate is the average number of children born to a woman of reproductive age.

In 2019, the fertility rate in Nigeria rose to 5.32 children per woman.

Dr. Andrew Okoh, Consultant Pharmacist, NSPHCDA and Advocacy Working Group Secretary for the project, said the main achievement so far has been the acceptance of FP by the people of the state.

Okoh called for increased government funding to support the project as Pathfinder International would pull out after the five-year partnership.

Dr. Hauwa Kolo, Director of Community/Family Services, NSPHCDA, said the agency has increased its efforts to train and retrain staff on FP issues at primary health facilities in the 25 local government areas of the country. ‘State.

Earlier, Mr. Bayo Ewuola, Media and Communications Officer, Pathfinder International had urged the state government to continue making funds available for FP and create an enabling environment to support the program. (NAN)(www.nanews.ng)

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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