Written by Williams ABAH

Contraceptive cancer free, no negative effect for child spacing

The director of family planning, Federal Ministry of Health, Adebimpe Adebiyi, has said family planning or the uses of contraceptives do not cause cancer.

Mrs Adebiyi disclosed this at the National Health Dialogue held in Abuja.

The two-day event with the theme “Universal Health Coverage” – The Role of State and Non-State Actors in Healthcare Funding and Support”, was organised in partnership With the Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health.

Responding to questions after a panel discussion on gender access to healthcare in Nigeria, she said youth and women within the reproductive age have little or nothing to fear about the use of contraceptives for the prevention of pregnancy or child spacing.

Adebiyi said there has been no evidence that contraceptives cause cancer, explaining that women are not to be placed on any contraceptive methods without going through proper tests by medical experts to ascertain the method which will be suitable for them.

She also debunked the claims that there were some religions that do not support the use of contraceptives.

Adebiyi said both the Islamic and Christian religions support the use of contraceptives for child spacing, adding that the government had taken its time to study and put into consideration the Islamic perspective of family planning in Nigeria as well as those of the Christian faith.

She added that the document on the Islamic perspective of family planning was developed by the ministry in collaboration with the Sultan of Sokoto and other Islamic clerics

In her words, “The policy was duly signed by the Sultan of Sokoto in collaboration with Islamic clerics and they know what the Quran and Holy Books say about it. Also from the Christian perspective, we have the family planning policy signed by the president of the Christian association CAN. So there is nobody to say your religion is against family planning except you just want to play pranks,”

Speaking earlier, the head of the department of planning research and statistics of the health, Emmanuel Meribole, had said that one of the free services women in reproductive age can access through the healthcare funding in the country is family planning.

Meribole said family planning services have been made free in all government hospitals so as to cater for the reproductive population of the country.

He said the scheme is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, especially the youth within the reproductive ages of 15 to 49 who would be having free access to family planning services in all government hospital.



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