By Gabriel Olawale
The Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area, Barrister Ogidan Olaitan has pledged to ensure that family planning commodities are made available and services are free in all 13 Primary Healthcare centres across the council.
Olaitan who spoke during a town hall meeting on Family Planning at the council secretariat in Lekki said that the gesture would help to improve maternal health in the LCDA.
“There are still serious concerns on the challenges that women encounter during pregnancy and child birth in our country.
“One of the ways to address this is through family planning or child spacing because if a pregnancy is not planned for, it could have adverse effects. Such effects have negative toll on the individual, family, community and nation. “Also, to forestall any excuse for people not to access any form of family planning method, I have put it in the budget for the year that there will free family planning services,” he said.
Olaitan also promised to create a lot of awareness on family planning continuously on monthly basis.
Speaking, State Team Leader, Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI 2 Lagos, Dr Edun Omasanjuwa, said family planning was all encompassing, including planning your entire family from the start to the end.
“It includes the spacing in between your children, how you want to take care of these children, their education, their welfare and nutrition.
“There are many benefits to family planning and we encourage people to know their options and the benefits,” Omasanjuwa said.