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COVID-19 lockdown necessitated increase in family planning centres in Niger – State govt




Niger State Authorities has claimed the COVID-19 lockdown elevated the calls for for household planning companies amongst households as {couples} have been compelled to remain at residence.

He stated household planning centres within the state elevated from 222 to 527 through the interval to make sure that companies have been supplied for households.

Govt Director, Niger State Main Well being Care Improvement Company, NSPHCDA, Dr Ahmed Dangana disclosed this at an Superior Household Planning workshop for journalists.

He stated the state authorities is at the moment making efforts to extend the variety of centres to succeed in extra folks needing companies.

The ED additionally lamented the 7.5% utilization of household planning contraceptives within the state for each conventional and trendy strategies, saying out of 100 ladies, solely about seven entry the service.

He recognized lack of entry to FP commodities, lack of knowledge, gender and socio-cultural norms, spiritual beliefs as a number of the obstacles to household planning within the state.

Nonetheless, Dangana revealed that the best variety of these searching for FP companies have been the educated folks as in comparison with the uneducated noting the necessity for extra Media and CSO enlightenment on FP benefits, prospects and disabusing the minds of individuals on misconceptions.

He additional disclosed that there was no devoted price range on FP for the Company as it’s embedded into the actions of the state ministry for Well being, however will get assist from partnerships with UNICEF and different organizations.

Additionally, the state Assistant Coordinator of the Household Planning Unit, Ahmed Abdul stated no fewer than 123 million ladies the world over have been in want of FP, however don’t have any entry to the companies.

He additionally lamented that at the moment, solely 3% of uneducated individuals search household planning companies as towards 37% of educated individuals.

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