The Federal Authorities has been tasked to allocate enough sources for the procurement and entry to contraceptive commodities for ladies throughout Nigeria to handle the problem of poor maternal care, mortality and morbidity.
The decision by well being specialists and civil society organisations comes as Nigeria joins the remainder of the world to mark World Contraceptive Day.
Talking at a press convention to mark the day, Communications Lead, Marie Stopes Worldwide, Ogechi Onuha mentioned an estimated 18.9 % of contraceptive wants in Nigeria stays unmet, a state of affairs she mentioned might negatively have an effect on the sexual and reproductive well being of Nigerian girls.
Onuoha recalled that the 2018 Nationwide Demographic Well being Survey Report, (NDHS) indicated that about 35% of ladies in Nigeria require household planning companies however solely about 16.2percent have their wants met.
‘The entire demand for contraceptives amongst married girls in Nigeria in response to the (NDHS 2018) is 35.5percent. 16.2% of that determine is utilizing conceptive whereas 18.9% of that demand is but to be met,’’ she defined.
She lamented that many ladies have no idea what contraceptive choices can be found to them, whereas the flawed notion of the unwanted side effects of contraceptive strategies has stored many away from accessing companies.
Whereas stressing that the accessible funds is just not sufficient to handle unmet calls for, she defined that assist from donor companies will go an extended solution to complement accessible sources.
Onuoha additionally tasked the federal government to vote sources to sexuality training for younger adults to demystify the social, spiritual and cultural taboos round household planning.
‘‘Nigerians talk about intercourse in hushed tones, due to the stigma and embarrassment round it, younger individuals and even adults usually are not very open about their sexual well being,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, the Nation Director, Love Issues Naija, Mrs Alu Azege mentioned entry to high quality contraceptive companies and knowledge should be handled as a human proper because it impacts and saves the lives of ladies and ladies.
Mrs Azege lamented that the information of household planning strategies amongst girls of reproductive age has not translated to the uptake of contraceptive companies, therefore the poor maternal well being indices within the nation.
She defined that there’s a want for ladies to make knowledgeable selections on their sexual and reproductive well being, which is able to assist in planning and spacing of their youngsters’s births.
‘’Our mission is to let our Nigerian girls know that each being pregnant ought to be one that’s deliberate, wished, liked and cherished. That approach, we engender a cheerful and affluent society.
“Contraceptive points don’t favour younger individuals in Nigeria. Single adults most instances face discrimination on the subject of sexual and reproductive rights,” he mentioned.
The World Contraceptive Day is marked each 26th September to boost consciousness about contraception and remind adults and adolescents the necessity to make knowledgeable decisions about their reproductive well being.