Family planning reduces maternal, infant mortality by 30%, say experts
SFH tasks Kaduna on girls’ reproductive health
Experts in maternal and reproductive health have said that adequate family planning will reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria by 30 per cent.
While the country has a maternal mortality ratio of 512 per 100,000 births, implementing family planning service and integrating Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in the country’s health system, the added, would reduce deaths among women and newborns.
They spoke at the one-week training webinar for health reporters and feature writers organised by Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health, in partnership with the Society Of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
Director, Africa Centre of Excellence for Population Health and Policy, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, Hadiza Galadanci, said increasing public sector investment in family planning would enable Nigeria to meet her goal of 36 per cent Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) by 2020, which will save additional 22,000 mothers and 101,000 children from death.
The National Desk Officer, Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Samuel Oyeniyi, urged governments to implement reproductive health policies.
National coordinator of the Rotary action group, Prof. Emmanuel Lufadeju, said the government should give priority to family planning as it does agriculture.
SIMILARLY, the Northern Regional Coordinator, A360 Project of the Society for Family Health (SFH), Mrs. Anita Elabo, has charged the Kaduna State Government to prioritise adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health, especially in the COVID-19 era.
Elabo made the call at a media roundtable themed ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Challenges Today in the Era of COVID-19’ in Kaduna.
The event was organised by SFH in collaboration with Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHDA) and COVID-19 Task Force.
She noted the need for building youth-friendly health services, confidence and esteem of adolescents, increased access to primary healthcare in the communities of implementation.
The coordinator noted the challenges affecting adolescent girls in the country to include COVID-19, fluctuation of commodity supply to health facilities, and weak social-economic support.
According to her, rape cases are reported, but the authorities do nothing about them because girls lack the voice and are scared of victimisation.