In line with the Nigerian government commitment to achieve 27 per cent modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, (mCPR) by 2020, Stakeholders have urged the government to include non-clinical private providers in Family Planning (FP) service provision.
Stakeholders at the sensitization/ consultative policy dialogue held in Lagos said expanding access to FP and other primary healthcare services through the inclusion of non-clinical private providers such as Community Pharmacists and Patent & Proprietary Medicines Vendors Community Pharmacists would help to increase contraceptive coverage from 30 per cent to 90 per cent.
Senior Program Officer, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, Edwin Akpotor said about 60 per cent of Nigerians obtained their contraceptives from the private sector with only 30 per cent from public sector.
Akpotor said: “In the private sector, both community pharmacists and patent medicines vendors are responsible for over 60 per cent of primary health care needs of Nigerians. So there is need for the government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure essential PHC services are Task Shifted or Task Shared (TSTS) with Community Pharmacists and Patent Medicine Vendors bearing in mind their unique contribution. If both non-clinical private providers are included in the TSTS Policy, contraceptive coverage would increase from 30 per cent to 90 per cent”
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