Written by Williams ABAH

Adewole charges states on population policy

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has charged state governments to review their population policy and implementation approaches with a view to ensuring that families see the need for moderate family sizes. 

Adewole stated this while speaking at the inaugural lecture on Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin in Abuja. 

According to the minister, Nigeria needs to invest about $62 million over the next five years on high impact family planning, noting that with over 190 million people and still counting, vigorous awareness creation about the essence of moderate family sizes, especially in rural areas has becomes necessary. 

He informed that the rapid growth rate could be attributed to high fertility rate of 5.5 children per woman, and low contraceptive prevalence rate of 15 percent based on the 2013 demographic and health survey. 

The minister further stated that the current annual growth rate of 3.2 percent, projected that Nigeria would be third most populous country in the world by 2020, with the population doubling by 2030. 

He pointed out that the Ministry of Health, had made efforts to increase domestic financing for the family planning through intervention, like payment of $3 million in 2017 as counterpart fund for procurement of contraceptives. 

Adewole stressed the need for state governors to invest in family planning program to ensure that each state, would take the advantage of the youthful population towards achieving demographic dividend between 2030 and 2050.

Earlier in her remarks, the wife of late Oshotimehin, Mrs. Olufunke Oshotimehin, appealed to stakeholders to ensure that they look at the world through the lenses of her late husband, noting that many young people, women and children were marginalised due to their gender, culture, religion and poor attitude of some men to them.

 

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