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Family planning clinic not shut – Marie Stopes



Marie Stopes Nigeria, family planning clinic providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare, says its clinic in Lagos is still open to the public.

Mr Effiom Effiom, the Country Director of the organisation, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the clarification became necessary in response to social media claims that its clinic in Lagos had been shut.

“We are aware of rumours circulating on social media that our clinic in Lagos has been closed; we want to reassure our clients that there is zero truth to this.

“All of our clinics are open as normal and our teams are providing vital sexual and reproductive healthcare to women and families across the country,’’ according to him.

He said that the clinic was visited by members of the police investigating false claims on May 21 about “our work’’, made by an unknown group.

He stated that the police removed a small amount of equipment, including long-acting methods of contraception, and questioned some of our staff.

“We were cleared with the police that all of our services fully respect and comply with Nigerian laws and regulations, and we are now working closely with them to resolve any misunderstandings about our work,’’ Effiom said.

He said the clinic remained committed to serving the women, men and families across Nigeria who trusted its clinic and depended on its services.

According to him, Marie Stopes Nigeria was established in 2009 and now provides family planning and maternal care services in every state.

He said “each year, Marie Stopes Nigeria supports more than 2 million women with the services they need to protect their health, plan their families and to promote their wellbeing’’.