EVEN as the world population hit seven billion, the Federal Government has released $3 million, about N500 million as counterpart funding for the procurement of contraceptive commodities in the country.

This was announced last week by Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu while signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

According to him, family planning, which is one of the key pillars of safe motherhood is a quick win in the reduction of maternal and child mortality by 30 percent and 25 percent respectively.

He said: “Indeed today is a happy day and it underscores Government’s commitment to the well being of our mothers and children. Today, we are demonstrating full compliance of the directive of Mr. President,

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who made it possible for Nigeria to now have a budget line for the procurement of family planning commodities in order to prevent the stock-out of these commodities.

“This is happening for the first time in our country. The issue of maternal and child mortality is a public health concern for every country. The National Demographic Health Survey of 2008 put the utilization of Family Planning in terms of contraceptive prevalence rate to be 10 percent while unmet need is 20 percent.  The Minister acknowledged contributions of international partners including UNFPA, DFID, and CIDA.

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