Family planning and non population control – Expert

Emmanuel Lufadeju, national coordinator, Rotary’s Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health (RMCH), said family planning is not an act of population control as some people misinterpret it.

Professor Lafadeju told Jos this on Tuesday when Rotary RMCH donated family planning equipment through the state Department of Health to 10 selected health facilities.

The equipment given included dissertation forceps and insert forceps.

According to him, family planning is a method to space births and ensure that mothers are healthy before the next birth.

He advised mothers to space their children between three and five years apart to improve family life and be healthy.

He noted that there are modern contraceptive methods that can space births and whenever the mother is ready to have another baby, it can be taken out and the woman can conceive.

The national coordinator said family planning was not population control but was designed to look at the growth rate and fertility management of families.

He pointed out that modern contraceptives have been improved and side effects reduced to a bare minimum.

He further stated that the Rotary RMCH is focusing on quality assurance in obstetrics to reduce the wave of maternal and neonatal deaths.

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He added that the 10 selected establishments would also receive free contraceptives within a month.

Ndam Lar, Plateau State Health Commissioner, who hosted the National Coordinator and his team, congratulated Rotary RMCH for their donation, saying it would go a long way in improving the services of family planning service providers.

Mr Lar said this would in turn reduce the wave of maternal deaths.

He called on the selected health facilities to ensure that they make the best use of the equipment by ensuring that it is used for the sole purpose of family planning.

He also warned against selling the equipment.


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