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Traditional ruler tasks FP stakeholders on grassroots campaign

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Alhaji Lamido Tukur Abba Tukur, the Galadima of Muri in Taraba, has called on stakeholders on Family Planning (FP) to cascade FP messages to rural communities, irrespective of religion and cultural affiliations.

The monarch made the appeal on Tuesday in Jalingo during at a Social Behavioural Change Committee (SBCC) review meeting.

The committee is working under the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA).

Tukur also charged the committee members to fashion out ways of convincing persons living in rural areas to not only accept FP messages, but also implement them for better future welfare of their families.

“The economic and social realities staring our communities in the face has made child spacing and indeed family planning the direction that we all must follow if the future of our offspring must be assured,” Tukur said.

The meeting, which brought committee members and health educators together, was organised by the TSPHCDA in partnership with The Challenge Initiative (TCI), an NGO, working on FP in Taraba.

The state Health Educator, Mrs Mercy Maigoge, lauded the efforts of health educators across the 16 local councils, explaining that the dream of actualising FP in Taraba will soon be realised.

She hinged her optimism on the collaborative efforts of the social mobilisation committee and the health educators.

The state Programme Coordinator of TCI, Dr Othman Sarki, and the state Technical Support Lead for Demand Generation (STSL, DG), Mrs Victoria Mohammed, also commended the TSPHCDA for the successes being recorded in the area of FP delivery in the state.

They underscored the need for more advocacies to make child spacing a reality in the state and the country at large.

Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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