Kaduna govt urged to prioritise sexual, reproductive healthcare for adolescent girls
The government of Kaduna State has been charged to prioritise solutions that would improve and protect adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive healthcare, as this would mitigate some of the challenges they face.
The call was recently made by health professionals during a media roundtable organised by Society for Family Health (SFH) in collaboration with the state Primary Health Care Development Agency and state Covid-19 Task Force, with the theme: “Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Challenges Today in the Era of COVID-19”.
The experts also noted that there is need to increase access to primary health centres in communities, alongside provision of verified data into digital applications such as Disk Health Indexing System for centres of data management (DHIS2), increased digital knowledge to work during the pandemic, and application of human centred design in providing health services.
Kaduna Commissioner for Health Dr. Amina Baloni said lack of economic empowerment is a leading cause of unintended pregnancies among adolescents.
Hence, without economic opportunities from government, as well as support from parents, girls often turn to men who request for sex to give them money and gifts. She however noted that parents must discuss sexual and reproductive health issues with their adolescent girls as most parents avoid discussing it due to cultural, religious and social reasons.
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