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FG must take urgent steps to address rapid population growth – Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire

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The Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire, has referred to as for pressing steps to cease Nigeria’s fast inhabitants progress fee at 3.2 per cent each year.

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At a one-day progress replace assembly of Girls Built-in Companies for Well being (WISH), in Abuja, the minister referred to as for a fast improve in entry to household planning and sexual and reproductive well being companies to cease the fast inhabitants fee.

Based on him, one of many methods employed by the federal government for accelerating the progress in the direction of the achievement of the fashionable Contraceptive Prevalence Fee (mCPR) goal is the event of the Job-shifting/Job-sharing Coverage which seeks to attain a rational redistribution of medical and different duties amongst well being care staff, in accordance with their expertise and trainability

Ehanire stated, “Nigeria’s fast inhabitants progress fee of three.2 per cent each year with its related social, financial and well being penalties precipitated a powerful resolve by the federal government of Nigeria to take pressing steps to quickly improve entry to household planning and sexual and reproductive well being companies.

“The Job-shifting/Job-sharing Coverage ensures particular give attention to precedence areas reminiscent of household planning, to handle the gaps in human useful resource and improve entry to improved methods-mix, particularly in rural and hard-to-reach communities.

“To this finish, the Federal Ministry of Well being is specializing in following thematic areas: coverage and governance; service supply; provide and commodity logistics; demand era; financing; and monitoring and analysis, as articulated within the Nigeria Household Planning Blueprint (Scale Up Plan, 2020-2024).

The minister additionally warned in opposition to underestimating the non-involvement of males in sexual and reproductive well being programming, including that they’re essential and have to be thought of as one of many key methods for attaining the specified success.

On his half, the Nation Director of Marie Stopes Worldwide Group Nigeria (MSION) , Effiom N Effiom, stated the group would proceed to sensitize folks on the necessity to embrace household planning.

“Individuals fail to grasp that household planning just isn’t in opposition to any tradition. All we’re saying is, house your kids so to stay lengthy.

“At the very least, house your kids so to as effectively handle them.

“What’s the essence of getting 100 kids if you can’t afford to feed them and ship them to highschool?”

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