From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Team Leader of the USAID Maternal and Child Survival Programme in Kogi state, Dr Gabriel Alobo has disclosed that the state has the lowest contraceptive usage in the middle belt region.
He also hinted that Kogi state has just about 11 per cent for all methods and 8.5 per cent for the mordy method, which is very low compared to the national average of 50 percent for all methods and 10 for mordy.
Dr Gabriel Alobo made this known while speaking at the lunch of the Kogi state 2018-2021 Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan and Green Dot Logo held in Lokoja over the weekend.
The USAID team leader also hinted that the implementation planning that has been developed now is to determine what it will cost Kogi state to take our family planning usage from the current low level to 20 per cent, that is just the target of this meeting.
“We felt that for us to do so we need to create demand by radio jingles, good advertisement to ensure that people come for family planning, we need to have more people participating in family planning, we need the commodities in the facilities”
He estimated N500 million as the cost of the all materials and logistics needed to increase the current low level of 11 per cent family planning in Kogi to 20 per cent.
Alobo said that Nigeria is targeting 27 per cent, but because Kogi state is lower than the national average which is 15 per cent, the effect of which is that more women and children are dying in Kogi because more women are getting pregnant and dying, so the death rate is higher in the state where the family planning is low.
He stressed that the more the usage of family planning in any state, the less the maternal and child mortality rate.
The wife of the Kogi state governor, Hajia Rashidat Bello who also spoke at the event
noted that the new direction government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, is undeniably committed to the welfare of women and children in the state, which is justified by the several healthcare programmes such as Bello Health Intervention, Health Care Plus and the Rashida Bello intervention programme.
She said that various forms of family planning services are already part of this health programmes affirming that
Family planning is one of the key pillar of save motherhood, it allows you to have children by choice and not by chance.
The governor’s wife stated that contraceptive usage reduces maternal rate and the burden of maternal and child death in Nigeria and that Nigeria has a contraceptive prevalence rate of 15 per cent of all methods and 10 per cent for modern contraceptive method.
‘We can do better, promoting contraceptive awareness will help to promote the demand for family planning services, it is in deed the collective responsibility of all stakeholders
‘The Green Dot Logo is the National Family Planning official logo launched in 2017 by the Federal Ministry of Health Government and will be posted on each of the 474 family planning clinics and other partner private clinic across the state
‘This will facilitate easy recognition of the family planning centres across the state by prospective clients’ Rashidat explained.
She commended USAID for funding the Maternal and Child Survival Programme and Kogi Ministry of Health for their collaboration in ensuring that the state have family planning costed implementation plan to drive the progress of improving contraceptive prevalence rate in Kogi.