Only 6% of women access family planning commodities in the immediate environment
By Steve Oko
Research from the Society for Family Health has shown that only six percent of women opt for family planning products at outlets in their immediate locality.
It has also been found that superstition and religious beliefs as well as the fear of being exposed cause some women to avoid family planning.
According to the Family Planning Consumer Market Study (CM4FP) conducted in Abia, Niger, Kaduna and Lagos states, around 94% of women prefer to travel outside of their immediate environment to a kilometer or more to obtain family planning commodities.
Presenting the research team’s fact sheet in Aba, Dr Anthony Nwala of the Society for Family Health, also said that about six in 10 women in Aba use family planning products.
According to him, the research further revealed that the most commonly used family planning products in the commercial city include condoms, injectables and oral contraceptives.
He noted that each of the products is safe, adding that it depends on the user’s choice.
Dr Nwala thanked the government of Abia State for their support during research and other health related projects carried out in the state by the organization.
He said implementing the research findings would help actualize the goals of family planning.
Dr Nwala, who commended the Bill and Melinda Foundation for supporting the project, advocated family planning because of its many benefits.
In her remarks, the Abia State Family Planning Coordinator, Mr. Confidence Ogboso, thanked the Society for Family Health for the research that it said would help the state with birth control.
She expressed concern about the laughable reason some women reject family planning on the grounds that they might not be able to give birth in their next world.
Ogboso called on religious leaders to help educate their members about the need to adopt family planning, arguing that not exceeding the number of children that one could comfortably accommodate is also a service to God.
She noted that the poor attitude and lack of training of service providers as well as shyness could be responsible for the attitude of a greater percentage of women who bypass outlets in their immediate environment for planning products. family.
Health Commissioner Dr Joe Osuji urged women to embrace family planning for effective population control.
He commended the Society for Family Health for the research project as well as its various health projects in the state, and ensured the continued cooperation of the government.