Mrs Funmilayo Abodunrin, the Head of Facility, Apete Primary Health Centre and
Family Planning Coordinator for Ido Local Government Area, Oyo State, urged government to provide more consumables
to address access to family planning commodities in communities in the state.
Abodunrin made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday when the leadership
of the centre went on field trip as part of a media training on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health Rights organised by
Marie Stopes Nigeria, an NGO in Ibadan.
NAN reports that Marie Stopes, an international NGO which focuses on contraceptives, sensitised nursing mothers and married couples
at the centre on the benefits of family planning.
The sensitisation lecture started with dance and music performance in Yoruba language on the importance of family planning
to the mother, to the family and the society at large.
According to the facility head, the centre needs more consumables to cater for the needs of its clients, as more people now respond
to the call for family planning in the communities.
She said “the family planning method commonly used by women here is the implant, instead of the injectables.
“Government is responding to the provision of medical consumables now than before, but we need more because supply cannot go round.
“Our partner, Marie Stopes, has been very supportive and supplies us with consumables to assist.”
She added that the centre recorded an influx of women for counselling and services on appropriate
family planning methods suitable for them, as well as challenges that might come with usage of the different methods.
She explained that “before Marie Stopes came here, the turnout was not as much as after training, but because of
the mobilisation, we created demand for family planning commodities
“We now have close to 200 or more clients for family planning methods in one month.
“We also get close to 100 new clients that want to access family planning methods and close to 100 revisits.”
She said that the response rate was encouraging, as people from other communities also patronise the various family planning methods they could get from the centre.
Similarly, Mrs Hannah Osoko, the Head, Christ Hope Hospital and Maternity, Osoko, said that the encouraging turnout was an indication
that women could now make informed choices about their reproductive health lives.
Osoko said that the health facility and other members of the community had carried out campaigns in markets to
encourage the use of contraceptives.
She said “we normally mobilise women and educate them on the need to go for family planning.
“And with the health education, the women are now better informed.”
She listed pills, implants, IUCD, vasectomy and female sterilisation- tubal ligation as the various methods of family planning provided.
Hafsatu Bello, a member of the community, said family planning had helped her to pursue her education without fear of getting pregnant.
Also, Ajoke Osinowo, a community mobiliser, said she was an advocate of family planning and encouraged her family and friends to enjoy
the benefits of the various methods.
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Ajah, the Director, Programme Operations, Marie Stopes, said the visit was to enable the media to
have first-hand information about the activities of the organisation, particularly its support on sexual reproductive health to communities in the country.
Ajah said that the NGO was trying to encourage more women to embrace the use of implants as family planning method, which he said had
less side effects and more tolerable to the body.
He reiterated the commitment of the NGO toward helping women to access modern contraceptives, particularly in rural areas,
which he said would enhance national development. ( NAN)
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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