Family planning, a catalyst to economic devt. — Ogun Govt.

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By Yetunde Fatungase
Ijebu-Ode (Ogun State), Aug. 19, 2020 Ogun State Government has described family planning as catalyst to boosting the economy.
Dr Elijah Ogunsola, the Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Board,
said this during a workshop on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) for selected nurses and community extension workers on Wednesday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
Naija247news reports that the workshop was organised in collaboration with MarieStopes International, a development partner on family planning services.
Ogunsola noted that family planning services became necessary for couples as it would enable them to decide the spacing of their children and provide protection against unplanned pregnancies.
He explained that family planning would also afford couples, families and individuals, especially women of child-bearing age to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health.
He added that “it is important for couples to embrace family planning because of its many benefits. For instance, it will help to reduce family expenses and help them to take control of their sexual reproductive health.
“It will also enable them to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state, as well as aid population control.”
The executive secretary said that the training was timely, as it would improve competencies, build robust relationship between health workers and clients, and make them to maintain high level of professionalism in family planning health service delivery.
He added that participants would be expected to demonstrate what they had learnt before certification.
Mr Abimbola Faloye, the External Engagement and Communication Manager, South-West, MarieStopes International, commended government on the various efforts toward improving the wellbeing of the people.
He noted that the state had shown commitment in ensuring that people accessed family planning services in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the training would add value and bridge the capacity gap of health providers in the state, just as he said it would improve health services.
Mrs Titilope Omotayo and Damilola Bankole, who spoke on behalf of participants appreciated government and MarieStopes International for organising the workshop.
They said the workshop had increased their knowledge, communication skills, attitude toward clients and their choices, as well as support clients before, during and after uptake of family planning methods. (

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