Family Planning: FG Calls For Increase In Use Of Modern Methods
As the Federal Government launches a new campaign,today “Green dot”, to reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality., the Minister of Health,Professor Isaac Adewole has called for increase in the enlightenment and use of modern family planning methods among women of reproductive age in the country.
The Minister who stated this at the pre-launch media orientation overview of National Family Planning Communication Campaign in Abuja,said this was necessary to decrease maternal,infant morbidity and mortality in the country.
The Minister who was represented by the Director,Family Health ,Ministry of Health,Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi noted that over twenty years after the first National Family Planning Conference Campaign Nigeria has remained stagnant at ten percent.
“Years after the first National Family Planning Campaign was launched, Nigeria has remained stagnated.”The significant gaps still persist between knowledge and contraceptive use thereby creating marginal shifts in unmet needs for family planning in the country,” she said.
Adebiyi also said that the new campaign with ” The Green dot” would serve as the official marker for public and private locations where people can obtain family planning services that are Safe, affordable and effective in Nigeria.
The director while answering questions from newsmen on the release of funds for Family Planning ,said no funds had been released this year for Family Planning Basket Funds inline with agreement with Development Partners
The Director, Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health ,Boade Akinola said there was the need for the media to o create awareness on other likely effects of lack of family planning on Socio-economic and health issues.
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”The media most often targets reproductive health programming at women or speak about family planning and other health issues at programs that target women.”However, evidence shows that the decision on whether or not to adopt family planning is made by the husbands,” Akinola said.
Director ,Media and Public Relation also called on the media to address Misconceptions:
the cultural beliefs or established norms about Family Planning.and enlighten Nigerians on the various methods available to them.
Mrs. Akinola said there was the need for men to also be enlightened on how to assist their spouses.
“Promoting family planning is beyond profit making and it places a duty on any organisation or individual to act in the best interests of the environment in which it operates.”she added.