Written by Williams ABAH

FG vows to meet family planning obligations

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that Federal Ministry of Health will continue to meet all its financial obligation towards the provision of family planning commodity in the country despite the economic challenges. 

Adewole made this known while declaring open the forth Nigeria family planning conference 2016 organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with Association of the Advancement of Family Planning, AAFP, and development partners. 

The minister said that “our commitment here is that in spite of the down-turn in the economy we will continue to meet all our obligations. We will re-validate our Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with development partners that obliged us to put some funds in the basket, that fund is family planning commodity in Nigeria. We are committed under this MoU to put three million dollars per year, and for 2017 we will increase it to four million dollars.” 

The minister further stated that the benefit of family planning was not only to prevent unwanted pregnancy, abortion related mortality, but also to avert real mortality from whatever causes to eliminate anemia and to improve maternal health. 

He also said that family planning was beyond contraceptives, describing it as a low hanging fruits that could be applied to reduce maternal mortality in the country. 

Adewole further stated that the health ministry would jointly work with all stakeholders on reproductive health to ensure the misconception about family planning is cleared.

Earlier in his remarks, the chairman Association for Advancement of Family Planning who was also the chairman local organising committee, Dr. Ejike Orji, said that the family planning conference was also biennial conferences that focuses on bringing all family planning stakeholders to discuss and share experiences on the progress made and chart way towards. 

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