Nigeria: More Women In Gombe Subscribe To Child Spacing Commodities – Official
An official of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Northeast of the country says 40 per cent of women in the state subscribe to child spacing commodities
Ibrahim Bako disclosed this in Bauchi at the opening of a three-day workshop for Gombe state Family Planning Advocacy Working Group on Advance Family Planning Smart Advocacy, organised by Pathfinder International.
Bako said based on the state strategic plan for child spacing developed in 2016, it was however expected that the percentage would reach 26 per cent by the year 2020.
The percentage, he said, was now encouraging following the interventions by international organisations supporting child spacing in the state.
The official therefore urged stakeholders to take the issue of child spacing seriously like that of immunisation as both save lives.
He also called on religious leaders to intensify campaign on child spacing.
“Preach the gospel of child spacing to your followers because people respect the words of religious leaders,” he said.
Bako emphasized that child spacing consumables are free in the state with support of Save One Million Lives initiative.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Gombe state Working Group on Family Planning, and Executive Director of Saif Advocacy Foundation, Alhassan Yaya, said subscribing to child spacing would reduce maternal and child mortality by about 30 percent, noting that the state has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the North-east zone.
He commended development partners working in that direction for their commitment and appealed to the state government to release the budgeted fund for child spacing.
On her part, the Senior Program Advisor of Pathfinder International, Dr. Sakina Bello, declared that child spacing does not limit the number of children one intends to have, and that it only makes the child and mother healthier.
Dr. Bello said the objective of the meeting was to improve advocacy tools on advanced family planning smart advocacy and proper improvement on the child spacing barriers in the state.