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Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2020

Family planning: Niger distributes over 920,000 contraceptives during lockdown

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From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

Niger State Ministry of Health and Hospital Services has distributed different kinds of contraceptives as part of its family planning programme to avoid unwanted pregnancy and children during the lockdown period and containing the spread of pandemic coronavirus.
The State Coordinator of Family Planning, Mrs. Docas Dalhatu made this known Monday in Minna at the TCI/ The Challenge Initiative Media Roundtable on the theme; ‘Maintaining Demand for Family Planning Commodities During Covid -19 lockdown’.
She explained that 920,632, 000 different types of contraceptives was distributed to public health service providers in the 25 local government councils in the state, added that the seat at home order had brought couples together consistently hence the high demand for sex.
The coordinator noted that family planning commodities distributed within the Covid-19 includes; 11,000 Jadelle, 14,760 Microgyen, 15,000 Nonis, 77,600 vias of Depo, 796,000 Male condoms, 3,072 cycle of Micolit and 3,200 pieces of Sayana pess making it a total of 920,632, 000 distributed.
Mrs. Dalhatu noted that during the period under review the state health facilities requested for more Family Planning Commodities due to higher demand, therefore family planning should not be stopped as government ordered for the supply of the commodities.
She further called for continued media support in educating, informing and enlightening the general public on the need to adopt family planning especially on its benefits to the health of women, family and the entire society.
She pointed out that it’s better to save lives through training and educating the youths and adolescent to prevent untimely death through self-abortion due to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy which can lead to children that will grow without love and becomes nuisance in the society.

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