Consultant wants rural dwellers educated on family planning

Mrs Joyce Gemah, a Consultant with `The Benue Strengthening Health Outcome in the Private Sector’ (SHOPS), has said that rural people needs comprehensive education on family planning.
Gernah made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi on Wednesday.
She said that the people needed the education for effective child spacing, upbringing, and reduction of stress in raising families.
“Family planning is all about spacing children for the purpose of effective upbringing and not stopping child birth and encouraging Pr0stitution.
“Most rural people, especially the men are seriously against the programme, they think that family planning will stop their wives from giving birth and encouraging Pr0stitution.
“So, these people really need adequate education on the use and benefits of the plan,’’ she said.

She admitted that the plan had negative effective such as commodity failure which sometimes led to pregnancy, some users also experience slight headache due to different body chemistry and unusual menstrual period.
Gernah said that women needed to adopt family planning to reduce the number of possible puerperal psychosis cases during child birth.
She explained that non-governmental organisation was focused on reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality rates among women of productive age by educating them on family planning.
Gemah said that the organisation had trained over 100 private and retired nurses in the state and provided them with family planning commodities to achieve this aim.
She said that women under the ages of 35 were already having 10 to 13 children in the rural communities, and that the state government needed to educate these women for the purpose of generating a healthy society.(NAN)


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