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Nigerian women need access to family planning, says Akinso

NIGERIAN women need to be allowed access to family planning services that would not only enable them have freedom to control the number and spacing of their children, but also help preserve their health and fertility and overall quality of life.

Speaking at the DEVCOMS forum on maternal health held last week in Lagos, Mrs. Stella Akinso, State  Team Leader,NURHI,  Ibadan, said although the benefits of family planning are not immediate, they are expected to last beyond 2015.

In her presentation entiltled “Importance of Family Planning in ARSH AND MCH” she said: “There is no one way strategy to address barriers to access and utilization of family planning, multiple strategies should be employed.”

Akniso observed that challenges to family planning under the Integrated MNCH  initiative included the placement of  supply stock  out in public health facilities at all  levels; no dedicated family planning   funding for improved MNCH by government  at all levels; and non-coverage of family planning/reproductive health services  by NHIS.

She said expectations from  collaboration with government would provide the enabling environment for project success, respond to the  current gap in family planning commodities and supplies  to avoid a crisis situation of stock  outs.

She noted that by allowing women freedom to control the number and  spacing of their births, family planning  helps women preserve their health and  fertility and also contributes to improving  the overall quality of their lives


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