As the 2020 38% Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) deadline for Family Planning draws closer, the Benue state ministry of Health and Human services in collaboration with Pathfinder International has launched the state Family Planning costed implementation plan,Task- shifting and Task sharing- policy for essential health care services.
Unveiling the plan in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, the commissioner of Heath and Human services, Cecilia Ojabo through the ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr SundayOchenjele, said the move is to improve from the current 18.1 percent to 38 percent in 2020,
Dr Ochenjele, commended Pathfinder for putting the programme in place, stressing that the move will help families to understand the importance of Family Planning,FP and put behind them the myths and misconception about FP.
He further debunked the misconception surrounding FP from some quaters that the aim is to reduce the population of a particular community, saying the acceptance of FP by families will promote healthy living for and also help families to space their children for heathy growth and save cost.
In a presentation,the programme officer, Reproductive Health/ Family Planing, Pathfinder International ,Yusuf Nuhu, explained that the organization is working hard to achieve the CPR intake from its current 18.1 to 38 percent in 2020 to encourage healthy living of women and children who are the most vulnerable group.
“We are working to expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies so as to save the lives of women and children and as well stem the spread of HIV/AIDS,especially mother to child transmission and other related diseases”.
According to Nuhu,family planning environment is still facing challenges which includes lack of specific FP policy and strategic/operational plan, inadequate funding both at the state and local government levels.
He explained that the implementation and acceptability of family planning will help in reducing unintended pregnancies, death from abortion which is usually unsafe, maternal and child death due to improved birth spacing.