Family Planning: Most Nigerian Women Patronise Local Chemists, Others

Family Planning: Most Nigerian Women Patronise Local Chemists, Others

10/27/2021 5:53:00 AM

Family Planning: Most Nigerian Women Patronise Local Chemists, Others

Patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs), drug shops and chemists are the most preferred outlets for 62 per cent of Nigerian women to access family

Another area highlighted by the study is the fact that many women bypassed their nearest outlets to obtain family planning from those farther from their homes. Some travel more than three kilometres to access family planning services.Experts who spoke with LEADERSHIP on the issue linked the behaviour of the women to quest for privacy and confidentiality.

Undated Torture Video Shows Man Being Dehumanised By Nigerian Soldiers Screaming In Pain Nigerians In Dubai Hired To Cheer Buhari Say President Is “Not Feeling Well” Dowen college: Ijaw women seek justice for Sylvester Oromoni

ADVERTISEMENTAccording to the reproductive health and family planning practice area lead of SFH, Dr Anthony Nwala, the study gives an insight into the behavioural pattern of women in terms of where and how they access family planning methods and services.

For instance, Nwala said most women go up to a kilometre to 1.8 kilometres from their homes to buy family planning commodities, when there are public and private hospitals around them, adding that the study also showed that they preferred to by-pass those ones and go farther.

He said, “We know the issue of privacy and confidentiality play a big role here. Family planning providers’ bias can be an issue here. A woman will not walk away from you if she knows her information is safe with you and that can only be assured by training and re-training of family planning providers.”

Uwala however urged the government to improve the capacity of family planning providers on the principle of counselling, privacy and confidentiality. “With this in place, women will have confidence in the health facilities closer to them and that in turn will help them to save money that they would have used to transport themselves to farther health facilities or pharmacies and ensure they don’t miss out their appointment, otherwise, the whole essence of family planning would be forfeited,” the reproductive health expert added.

The director, reproductive health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi, told LEADERSHIP that the study has brought up a lot of evidence that can inform practice and improve access to family planning services by women and girls in the country.

“Quality of care is highly emphasised as part of the findings of this study. Women look for quality services and that means we need to, on a continuous basis, strengthen the capacity of family planning service providers, train and retrain them on the need to not be biased and on confidentiality so that they will be able to provide quality services.

From taking it with consent to hacking it with contempt, By Alex Otti Man beats cigarette seller to death over N50 balance Man sentenced to six months in prison for stealing, rice, spaghetti, drinks worth N4,560

“Also, geographic barriers come up as one reason why there could be hindrance to access to family planning. We at the ministry are working assiduously to ensure that service delivery points are available across the country, so that women can access family planning services at their convenience,” he added.

The director said the specific budget for the procurement of family planning commodities on an annual basis is $4million. “When combined with donor funding, the basket of family planning is $12million, but what is required to procure family planning services for women who need them is $24million, so we still have a deficit of $12 million.

“While government, donors and state governments are ensuring that family planning commodities are available at public health facilities, we must ensure that women access them at their convenience and without cost. That is the reason we must continue to train and retrain health workers, so that more women will have confidence in our various public hospitals,” Afolabi said.

Women tend to travel miles to access family planning services at facilities that offer quality services, the reproductive health coordinator, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Victoria Omoera, said and promised that the state government will continue to train and build the capacity of family planning providers.

Read more: LEADERSHIP Newspaper »

ATTACK ON LIBERTY: Tracking Nigeria Police, DSS’ Continued Attack On Sowore On Court Premises

Benue police shoot seven-month-old child, family decries neglectThe family of seven-month-old Nadoo Ahaangba has accused the Benue State Police Command of neglecting them after some policemen attached to the command allegedly shot the child in the Makurdi area of the state. 😭 INTERPOL_HQ please keep noting PoliceNG

Angry Mob Kills Family of Three for Alleged Collaboration with Bandits in Kaduna CommunityBy John Shiklam Members of a family of three have been killed by an angry mob in Zangon Aya, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the suspicion that they were informants to bandits… This could be based on false information spread by enemies. Anarchy now reigns in the land. Nice one. More

Police recover body of Rivers monarch kidnapped in 2019, family alleges communal rift - Punch NewspapersThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria

South African returnee dies in Imo police custody, family demands justiceA Nigerian based in South Africa, Nnamdi Ohanekwurum, who recently returned to his hometown in Amagu, in the Orlu East Local Government Area of Imo State, has died in the custody of the anti-kidnapping unit of the state police command. These are terrorists in uniform, God father in Heaven you didn’t create Nigeria 🇳🇬 and there is nothing special about Nigeria that can’t be destroy, you are not a God of propaganda or denial of reality, humanity deserves better. Help us destroy this wicked place you never created They'll label him IPOB or ESN member. Wicked Nigerian police Sad.

Family of 65-year-old woman attacked in Delta, seeks justice | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsFamily of a 65-years-old woman, Mrs. Joy Biosah, who was allegedly shot by one, Mr. Agi Nwaicha, has called on Delta State Government and security agencies to ensure that justice is served in the matter.

Plea bargain injustice: Controversial judgment deepens agony of family of murdered female lawyer as court sentences killer to 28 years (2) - Punch NewspapersThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria