From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), has commended Kaduna State Government for increasing the budget for child spacing to N147.6 million in 2019 .
The Acting Secretary, of FHANI Iliya Kure’ made the commendation while speaking at the monthly meeting of Health4All Media Initiative (HAMI) held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, FHAHI is requesting that, the budget line – N120 million for procurement and N27 million for family planning programmes should not suffer release and cash backing in 2019.
He added that, IFHANI was part of the distribution team to represent civil society.
“We are here to say well done to Kaduna State Government at making efforts to make the service available for women who want the service.
It is to address out-of-pocket expenses.
“ Consumables are already at the facilities, but, there is out stuck of commodities. We are calling on federal government to procure the commodities and distribute same to the users especially, with emerging intending users on the increase as population increases.”
Similarly, Ibrahim Muhammad Murtala IntegratE Project / Society for Family Health, said Adolescent pregnancies is still an issue of communities, saying Only about 500 facilities out of well over 1,500 facilities currently rendering family planning services.
Murtala added that, “ we want to see how we can integrate private clinics into the system so we can reach more people. The truth us, there more people who want to embrace the services.
“The first thing we do is to map out all clinics across the state to make sure partners can locate them.
“We discovered that, about 90 percent of them are rendering one family planning or the other. So, mapping them have given us the opportunity to train a lot of them so they can render the services better.
“Awareness is high, but up takers are low. Many if the women will tell you they don’t have need for it. May be, they still need more education because awareness is different from education.
“Now many of the service providers are not providing friendly service that can create desires by those who want to have the service.
“ However, there is the need for change in narrative that preventive is better than curative narrative and family planning is one thing that prevent events that can lead to issues. We don’t support abortion but we support prevention,” he said.
HAMI is a group of media practitioners advocating for improved healthcare delivery in Nigeria in furtherance of Nigeria attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).