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41, 000 Rural Women Embrace Family Planning In Nasarawa

No fewer than 41, 000 rural women in Nasarawa State have adopted family planning. Task Shifting and Task Sharing Policy Coordinator for the IntegratE Project, Mrs Easter Yonah has said.

Integrated Project is an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and targets increasing service delivery for contraceptive mix and Primary Healthcare among Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).

The Project is being implemented by the Society for Family Health and other partners in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Government.

This was disclosed at a meeting organized by the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NAPHDA) in collaboration with the Society for Family Health (SFH), the lead implementing partner of the project in Lafia, on Friday.

Mrs Yonah  who doubles as Head of Gender, Adolescent, School Health Services and Elderly Care, State Ministry of Health, stated this at the Nasarawa State IntegratE Mid-Project Dissemination meeting on Friday in Lafia

She explained that the statistics were just for women who were accessing family planning from the private CPs and PPMVs across the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

“This is the data that was reported and it is quite good there are about 11, 000 women who a. re-access nonactive reversible contraceptives.

“With this data, we will keep improving and the state will soon reach its contraceptive prevalence rate for family planning,” she added.

She added that from the data collected, the CPs and PPMVs had provided 1, 155, 651 condoms bb, 23, 671 oral pills, 5, 604 injectables, 4, and 781 implants to their clients from 2022 to 2024.

Ali speaking, Nasarawa State Technical Adviser of Society for Family Health the lead partner implementing the project, Emmanuel Odiniya, said that they have trained CPs and PPMVs to provide quality family planning services in the communities.

His words ” They are the first point of contact to the people in the communities seeking family planning hence the need to train them to be more efficient”

“As part of the training, they were generating data from all the family planning services they have provided for the project,” he added”

Permanent Secretary (PS) of the  Ministry of Health in Nasarawa state, Dr. John Damina, said that the Nasarawa State government had put measures in place to ensure the sustainability of the project.

He explained that most of the staff implementing the project were from the state which would make it easy to continue after the development partners have left.

He therefore said that providing healthcare services was one of the topmost priorities of the governor Abdullahi Sule All Progressive Congress (APC) Abdullahi-led administration pledging that the government would continue to improve the welfare of the people and infrastructure in the state.

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