NGO calls on government to prioritise family planning in Nigeria

Edward Samuel, Abuja

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The Africa Health Budget Network has called on the Nigerian government to look into family planning as the increase in birth rate could endanger the countries’ economy.

The coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba explained this to media In Abuja.

Dr Magashi who gave a summary of the National demographic survey, advised that measures should be taken by using the Modern Contraceptive Prevalence method to reduce the increase in fertility rate which could lead to security treat in the country.

“There’s a lot to work on and family planning is not just a health issue, it should not be only a health agenda.

Its an economy agenda, when you have a population of about 200,000,000 population then we need to be careful in the next 10 years, the population is still going up and resources are scarce.

This means we are going to have more economy problem, more challenges, social culture and we are going to have more restive unemployed young people.

It has a link to so many discussions and so many agenda of the socio-economy development.

The percentage of women under the age of 15 to 45 who use contraceptives prevalence method are few due to fear.

Therefore there is need for government to provide more family planning facilities, fund to procure the Modern contraceptives method, create programs to educate women in the rural areas and ensure that every woman have access to utilized the modern contraceptive method“.

Dr Magashi also said that the Nigerian demographic health survey 2018 brief showed Fertility and Family planning with the total fertility rate at 5.3 children per woman, 4.5 in urban areas and 5.9 in rural areas.

So, this is just an average of the fertility rate in the country and the fertility decreases with the increasing education and wealth.

So based on the demographical survey, it intends to see the decrease in fertility based on education and wealth, so those who are more educated have fewer children and those who are less educated intend to have more, that’s a pattern.

He added that Letter of commitment in support of “Every Woman, Every Child” (EWEC) Global strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health through Family Planning 2020 should be reviewed to enable government provide funds and facility especially to the hard to reach destinations for women to be enlightened on the importance of family planning and the administration of the modern Contraceptive Prevalence method.

Suzan O