Gombe records increase in contraceptive use, child spacing amongst women
In spite of COVID-19, the subscription to child spacing by Women of bearing age has increased from March to April this year in Gombe State.
According to the data present during a round Table Media by Advocacy Working Group on Child Spacing Chairman and Mrs Rejoice Molta, State Coordinator, Child Spacing, says women prepay injectable methods.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines contraceptive prevalence as the percentage of women who are currently using, or whose sexual partner is currently using, at least one method of contraception, regardless of the method used.
“It is usually reported for married or in-union women aged 15 years to 49 years.
Molta said that the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) of 2013 placed the state CPR at 4.7 per cent, while the current NDHS released for 2018 indicates that the percentage had significantly increased to 17.
“The state is targeting 20 per cent by the end of 2020, and we are highly optimistic that this is achievable, given the level of awareness in the society.
“The success recorded is as a result of the role played by traditional and religious leaders in creating awareness in their communities,’’ the coordinator said.
Yahaya, said the benefits of child spacing could not be overemphasised.
Yahaya appealed to men, who could become stumbling blocks to their wives, to embrace it.
“Child spacing makes babies grows healthier because the mother will give a lot of attention to the baby.
“Research has shown that subscribing to child-spacing will avert over 30 per cent of the death rate among women during and after birth.
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