Lagos, NURHI 2, others call for improved private sector participation on PPFP
The Lagos State Government has called for increased participation of private health facilities in family planning services and Post-Pregnancy Family Planning (PPFP) to enable the state achieve its desired target of 74 per cent Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) by next year.
Speaking during a media roundtable, themed, ‘ANC, Immunisation, Delivery Points as Catalyst to Improved Family Planning Uptake,’ Coordinator of the Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Dr. Saidat Okaga, said presently, the state CPR is 26 per cent, with a target of 74 per cent by next year.
Speaking at the event organised by DevComs, in collaboration with the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI2), Okaga, who is also a Director in the Directorate of Family Health and Nutrition in Lagos, said the state was working towards ensuring that both state and private providers work hand-in-hand to ensure the actualisation of the target.
She charged the media to report correctly, know global initiatives and be informed on trends.
On her part, Team Leader of NURHI 2 PPFP, Dr. Taiwo Johnson, urged women to embrace post-pregnancy family planning, which she said helps to prevent the high risk of unintended and closely spaced pregnancies during the first year following childbirth.
She urged the healthcare providers to take advantage of the antenatal and immunisation period to engage husbands and expectant mothers on the importance of family planning.
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