By Gabriel Olawale
Lagosians have developed a keen aptitude for family planning. Hardly does one come across a couple in the State today that is not utilising one form of contraception or the other.
Findings show that the development is as a result of intensified efforts by the state government and its partner, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI.
According to NURHI, their reproductive support services in 50 healthcare centres across 10 LGAs of Lagos Sate have witnessed enrolment of 47,402 men and women of reproductive age in just two years.
The figure which represents a shift of 1.6 percent in Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, CPR was in line with NURHI 2 commitment to ensure that no one dies from pregnancy related causes and that every woman in need of family planning has access.
Giving the second year stewardship account of NURHI 2 in Lagos, the State Team Leader, Omasanjuwa Edun, said that they have improved quality of family planning service provision and expanded access to 47,402 new users since inception, “Family Planning units of 49 health facilities upgraded and renovated through our 72- hours clinic makeover and advocacy initiative. 111 clinical providers and 379 non-clinical providers trained on FP.”
“Through our advocacy for inclusion of Family Planning funding in Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, LSPHCB budget, we are happy to say that every LGA now gets a minimum of N10,000 for impress which will go a long way in helping women reduce the cost of contraception.
“Taking the step further, LGAs also provide funding for family planning in their areas. So far we know about six LGA Chairmen providing funding for consumables in their facilities and we believe they can still do more.
Edun stated that the whole essence of their activities was to ensure that every pregnancy is by choice and not by chance, “ensure every pregnancy is safe, and indeed a blessing for what is intended for. We are here for women whose next pregnancy is a threat, we are here for that unknown family that is struggling to breakout from generation circle of poverty. We are here to contribute our own quota to the building of Lagos State economy and create a better future for upcoming generation through family planning. So our commitment was to support the CPR of Lagos by 12 percent.
In a swift reaction, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Lagos, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi who spoke on behalf of Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga and Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris commended NURHI for their support in the state’s mandate to actualize 74 percent CPR target.
“I could recall that at the entry point in October 2015, NURHI 2 adopted strategy to increase acceptance of long lasting method and trained family planning providers at our facility, renovated our family planning unit and some are still ongoing.
“They also support our LGAs with family planning consumables during their outreach. We all know that family planning is a proving tool for reducing maternal mortality and in Lagos State we have zero tolerance for maternal mortality. NURHI 2 supported our Lagos state advocacy group in advocating budgetary allocation for family planning, initiate and sponsor a lot of family planning education and capacity building programmes. We are going to support NURHI 2 in the year three of their programme.
The Deputy Project Director, NURHI 2, Mr. Mr Olusina Olulana said year three of the project will focus more on identifying more family planning champions, scale up NURHI 2 mode and ensure the state takes ownership.