Anambra’s health commissioner, Dr. Afam Obidike, advised women and families to embrace family planning to cope with economic hardship.
He made the call at The Challenge Initiative (TCI) End of Project Dissemination Meeting and Family Planning Cost Implementation Plan Launch Friday in Awka with the theme “Journey to Self-Reliance from state government and chronicles lasting impact at scale for reproductive health in Anambra.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), family planning is the ability of individuals and couples to anticipate and achieve the number of children they want and to space and time their births, through the use of contraceptives.
Obidike said family planning is widely recognized as one of the most cost-effective health interventions because it saves lives and improves maternal and child health.
According to him, family planning services also enable individuals to achieve desired birth spacing and family size.
He explained that “economic hardship affects some families, especially those with many children they cannot care for.
“That’s why we urge families to embrace family planning to achieve a better quality of life, as they will have the ability to prevent pregnancies, time and space their children as they wish.”
“Family planning prevents childbirth-related complications for mother and child and has the long-term benefits of empowering women and reducing poverty.
“Families that have the number of children they can afford to raise are able to devote more time and resources to providing them with adequate food, education, clothing, shelter and other necessities. “
The commissioner commended the TCI project team for building the capacity of health workers and assisting in the areas of family planning data and research in the state.
He said the state government will bring family planning services to the 21 local government areas to save lives, improve the health and well-being of women, families and communities.
TCI Country Director Dr. Victor Igharo said the project aims to help the state government increase uptake of family planning.
He said, “In Nigeria, for about five years, we have been in place and supporting states to build platforms and structures to improve family planning indicators.
“We hope the skills learned will support and enable state governments to address family planning issues for greater impact and sustainability.”
Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, executive secretary of Anambra Primary Health Care Development Agency, said family planning commodities and consumables were provided free of charge in accr
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