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Family Planning: Palm Avenue, Ajaebo PHCs Record Increased Number Of Users

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Following the intervention of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) in the renovation of Family Planning (FP) clinics in Lagos state, there has been increased number of FP users at Ajeabo and Palm Avenue Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Mushin. LEADERSHIP recently visited those areas and found out that since NURHI 72 hours makeover of the FP units in some PHCs across Lagos, more women of reproductive age have come to realize the importance of FP.

Speaking with our correspondent, FP user at Ajeabo PHC, Mrs. Balogun Fausiat, disclosed that she opted for the Implanol method after she was counseled by the FP provider. “I was using this place as my general clinic and every time I come here for my baby’s immunization, a nurse would talk about FP. One day, I decided to make enquiries about the FP services. After being counseled, I was given the Implanol. The Implanol method has been good, there is no side effect.

“At first when I came for FP, I was actually scared because of the myths and misconceptions, but I decided to talk to some women in my community who educated me on the benefits of FP to my health, my family and the society at large.” As to why the sudden increase in the uptake of FP, the Senior Nursing officer at Palm Avenue Primary Health Centre, Mrs. Ilavbare Omotayo told LEADERSHIP that NURHI’s intervention in the renovation of the FP clinic of the health centre has greatly improved the accessibility and acceptance of FP in the area.

Omotayo said, “Since the time NURHI came in for the renovation, the work has been made easy. We have a FP room where we talk to our clients and educate them on the different types of method and then allow them to make choices on what they want. “We also give them the chance to get their husbands informed because FP is a joint business. There has been more customers since NURHI intervened. Everything is free, including the gloves, jik, because NURHI supplies us everything.”

The midwife at Ajeabo Primary Health Centre, Mushin, Mrs. Feyi Akinkuowo also disclosed that the number of registered FP users have increased since the intervention of NURHI. Speaking on some of the interventions by NURHI, Akinkuowo said, “The health centre had been running perfectly especially the FP clinic since NURHI intervention and the number of FP users have drastically improved. NURHI do supply us consumables, they brought other instruments that we use for the procedures and made the FP room comfortable.”

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