By our Taraba Correspondent
Moves by the Taraba state government and it’s developmental partners to get males involved in family planning have no doubt yielded positive results as the number of males who now accompany their spouse to health facilities across the state was said to be on the rise.
The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Heath Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA). Alhaji Aminu Hassan Jauro, who made this known yesterday during the review meeting of the Social Behaviour Change Communication Committee (SBCC) which took place at the conference hall of the agency located in the premises of the state secretariat, said the achievement was made possible by the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, whom according to him, provides an enable environment for partners to operate
Stating that “the myths, misconceptions and misinformation ” that in the past debarred the people from embracing child spacing “been “demmistify” the agency, according to him “is now far beyond where we use to be” adding that “we have gone to the areas of creating more demand for the services.”
Majority of the men whom according to him “now escort their wives to the facilities” often went as far as assisting their spouse to chose any if the service which they believed would suite them.
In his word ” there is high level of awareness now, and this has led to high level of male participation because some of them now come to access the facilities and even suggested for the relevant services they felt would be good for their wives.
Stressing that the agency “is at the driver’s seat of overseeing and ensuring that there is proper and sustainable uptake of family planning ” a functional family planning coordinator saddled with the responsibility under the department of community health services, he said have been put in pace at both the state and at the local government levels.
Elated that “the people are so willing to access the services ” The Challenge Initiative (TCI) and other partners as stated by him, are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that their impacts are felt by “our women and our families. ”
Admonishing the people not to ceased from “accepting family planning ” the acceptance he said would not only help them plan their future but would as well go alone way to address the economic challenges of the state and that of the country at large.
Earlier, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of the TCI, Dr. Othman Sarki, who were the organizers of the review meeting and supported by the agency lauded the efforts of the Heath educators across the sixteen local news councils reiterating the determinations of the organization not to relent in it quest to spread family planning messages across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Also on her part, the demand generation officer of the TCI Victoria Mohammed, challenged media practitioners in the state to join forces with the organization to accelerate the acceptance of the services which they said is free of charge in the state.
Participants at the one day review meeting who were made up of health educators, partners, media as well as the various heads of departments of the agency, collectively affirmed their determinations to tread extra legitimate miles in order for the people irrespective of religion and cultural affiliations to embrace child spacing.