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Nigeria Yet to Harness Benefits of Family Planning – Minister

Nigeria Yet to Harness Benefits of Family Planning – Minister The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said Nigeria is yet to harness the benefits of family planning despite the recent scale-up of interventions.
“Currently, our modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate is 16.0% which is low. Furthermore, unmet needs for family planning is high, it is estimated that 12.7% of women who wish to delay or prevent a pregnancy are not using any form of family planning method.
These are clear indications that the country is yet to fully harness the benefits of family planning, despite the scale-up in interventions.”
The Minister further said that as part of efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, the government was promoting a number of initiatives such as training of health workers on life saving skills and family planning technology; scaling-up of Antenatal and Postnatal visits, and skilled birth sttendance; and promotion of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) services.
“We have also developed, disseminated and are implementing approved documents and tools on Family Planning/Reproductive Health programming.
These tools will promote adherence to standards in the provision of information, services and commodities in line with subsisting best practices,” Adewole added.
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