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Firm advocates improved manpower for effective reproductive health care delivery in Nasarawa

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To ensure effective health delivery in Nasarawa State, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NG0), The Challenge Initiative in Nigeria (TCI), has called on the government to improve human resources in Primary Health Care (PHC) centres.

The state coordinator, TCI, Dr. Deborah Hassan, who visited PHCs facilities in Lafia, the state capital, expressed gladness in family planning service delivery but called on the state government to increase the health staff strength

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“We commend the state government’s initiative and drive towards ensuring quality reproductive health delivery. We however appeal to the government to threaten the aspect of staffing very urgent,” Deborah stated.

According to her, more women and men are getting more informed about the importance of family planning methods in the state because of the health benefits and family safety.

Explaining the mission of the TCI in the state, Dr. Deborah noted that out of the 2.8 million of the state, Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) is 14.8 per cent while the total facility rate is 5.3 per cent and unmet needs stand at 23.7 per cent.

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“TCI is not a project but a platform for so many program around Family Planning (FP). It is an innovation laboratory to improve FP. Sustainability of FP is our goal within the duration of our contract with the state.”

“In order to achieve our goals faster we decided to organise a three-day workshop to train journalists who will partner with us in our drive to attain our goals in the state,” she stated.

The state coordinator of the health partner urged spouses, adolescents to take advantage of the family planning blueprints in the state to avoid unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality.

Deborah, however, appealed to the media organization to beam more light on FP because of its importance to the health of citizens in the nation.

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