The Social Behaviour and Communication Committee (SBCC) on Child Birth Spacing (CBS) in Bauchi has called on health educators in local government areas to spread CBS messages effectively to impact positively on the lives of the people.
Mrs Elizabeth Kahh, the Spokesperson of the committee, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Tuesday.
She said that health educators were very close to the people at the grassroots and the best social mobilisers who could reach the women with accurate Family Planning (FP) messages through neighbourhood campaigns and festivals.
Kahh stressed that health educators were recognised as key contributors in the mobilisation of women for child birth spacing services.
“They can counsel the women confidently and make a difference for more women to access FP information and should also visit health facilities.
“The involvement of health educators is key in providing a critical link between the community and CBS services,” Kahh said.
According to her, CBS uptake was found to be low in the state because of low literacy rate.
“That is why we need the media and health educators to embark on adequate and aggressive awareness creation and advocacy on the benefits of CBS.
“To also improve the knowledge that uptake may impact positively on health indices especially in the rural communities of the state,” she said.
Kahh noted that CBS services also allow individuals to achieve desired birth spacing and family size, and contributes to improved health outcomes for infants, children, women and families.
NAN also reports that SBCC comprises of journalists, health educators, youth groups and Maternal Newborn Child Health Officers of local government areas responsible for demand creation to develop Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for public awareness on effective CBS with the support of an NGO, The Challenge Initiative (TCI).
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