Nigeria: Marie stopes international serves 182, 000 women with family planning services
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna, Mar 9: Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria, MSION an organization working around reproductive health said it has served women of reproductive age with Family planning services in three years in Nigeria.
North West Regional Manager of the Organisation, Leonard Viashima who disclosed this as during Family Health plus (FH+) close out and dissemination meeting in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria said last year the organization only served 30,000.
He said the drop in the number of people served was due to insecurity, even though he acknowledged that other factors were also responsible
."We worked here for three years and within that period we were able toserve 182,000 women. In the first year, we served 92,000 women, 2014 -2015, now by 2015 - 2016, the number dropped down.
"We only contributed 30,000. Towards the end of last year, we only concentrated on working more in the North where there is seem to be adequate and where we know the coast was clear. Ofcourse, with insecurity some of the service providers based in Kaduna were probably not going there to work. And even if they were, therepeople won't go there to support them," He said.
Viashima however called on stakeholders to work hand in hand to dispel themyth against family planning to ensure uptake of contraceptives.
Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Paul Dogo said the stateis overcoming the barrier of religious and cultural belief against familyplanning in the state.
The Commissioner represented by Director Public Health, Dr. Ado Zakari saidthe Ministry has engaged religious leaders in the process which is fastyielding results to disabuse the minds of the people over myths and beliefs against family planning.
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