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How insecurity disrupts family planning in Taraba, by group


Darius Ishaku<br />

The Social and Behavior Change Committee (SBCC) has lamented that insecurity in Taraba State has hindered its members from effectively reaching out with the messages of family planning and childbirth spacing to all parts of the state.

It said but for the activities of insurgents, which have become a source of hindrance to its members, the group would have achieved a significant mileage in its quest to deepen family planning in Taraba.

Members of SBCC, who expressed their disappointment over the security situation, which they said continues to deter them from penetrating some communities with the message of family planning, childbirth spacing and life planning for the young people, urged the government to urgently assist to address insecurity in the state.

They said during their quarterly review meeting at the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) organised by The Challenge Initiative (TCI) that lack of commodities, especially condoms, myths and misconceptions, were some factors militating against the programme.

Speaking, the State Programme Coordinator, Dr. Othman Sarki and Demand Generation Officer of TCI, Victoria Mohammed said TCI in collaboration with SPHCDA, would continue to partner in making family planning a reality in the state.

Speaking, Executive Secretary of the agency, Hassan Aminu, noted that the security challenges would soon be over as Governor Darius Ishaku was bent on addressing the situation.The members, most of whom are health educators from the 16 local councils of the state, who observed that the level of acceptance was high, especially among men, stressed the need for the relevant authorities to make male condoms available to all health facilities.

The group, which vowed not to leave any stone unturned in ensuring increased acceptability, urged all hands to be on deck in address the security challenges, especially in the southern part of the state to ensure that the dream of people embracing family planning could be actualised.

It also identified the default terrains of the state as embracing family planning, adding that the people are optimistic that with provision of needed logistics, relevant messages and awareness campaigns, more communities would be reached. The group said its members often leverage on weddings, naming ceremonies and religious activities, among others to pass family planning messages to the people, urging government to support the TCI, which is championing the enlightenment campaign.


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