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Ondo trains community distributors on new family planning method

By Kemi Olatunde
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No fewer than 38 persons have benefitted from the Community Based Distributors (CDB) training on non prescriptive method of family planning in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The programme organised by the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board (OSPHCDB) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, held at the Community Health Centre Ore, in Odigbo Local Government, was to train and educate the Community Based Distributors which were carefully selected from the various communities in Odigbo, to in turn educate members of their respective communities about family planning and its benefits.

While giving an overview of family planning and the objectives of the training, the Assistant Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Coordinator OSPHCDB, Mrs Opeyemi Agunbiade, said the move became neccesary, following the low rate of Contraceptive Prevalence in Ondo State.

Mrs Agunbiade while noting that Family Planning does not cause infertility as speculated by some people and can be carried out on teenage girls who have been exposed to sexual intercourse at a tender age to prevent unwanted pregnancies, added that family planning is free in Ondo State at all basic health centres or health care facilities.

She identified reasons family planning has not been embraced to include lack of access, lack of awareness, ignorance, amongst others.

Delivering a lecture on the benefits of Family Planning, The Public Health Officer and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Logistician, OSPHCDB, Damilola Adeniyi – Ojo said Family planning does more than help women and couples determine the size of their families, but also safeguards individual health and rights, promotes harmony between couple and can improve economic outcomes for families and communities.

She further stressed that family planning also saves lives as up to one-third of all maternal deaths and illnesses could be prevented if women had access to contraception.

According to her, the need for quality family planning services is all the more urgent today because more than 1.2 billion young people between the ages 15 to 24 are entering their reproductive years and comprise about 18 per cent of the world’s population and  88 percent of these young people live in the developing world.

Earlier in a welcome remark, the Primary Health Care Coordinator Odigbo LGA, Dr. Ekanem Bassey, represented by the Family Planning Coordinator Odigbo LGA, Mrs Oluyinka Adedulure charged the Community Based Distributors (CDBs) to work assiduously in ensuring that there is an upturn in Odigbo’s report in no distant time.

She further urged them to provide the right information on reproductive health, provide non-prescriptive family planning (FP) commodities, and make referrals to Primary Health Centres within the communities when the need arises.

The event reached its peak as the CDBs were trained and equipped with various family planning commodities like Condoms (both male and female), contraceptives, amongst others, to enable them carry out their assignment effectively.

Some of the trainees, Patricia Akindele, Goto Membra and Roseline Fayemi, thanked the state government and the United Nations Population Funds for doing a great job through the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board, describing the programme as a right step in the right direction.

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