Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board has said that uptake of different family planning methods will improve the economic power of individuals and families in the State.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola stated this in an interview at the 2018 Ojude Oba Festival, held at the Oba Sikiru Adetona palace ground, Ijebu Ode.
Noting that through proper family planning, individuals and families would be able to set their priorities, which in turn would positively affect their socio-economic well-being, Ogunsola added that government would continue to encourage people to adequately plan their families, saying it was not meant to limit the number of children, rather, give families better economic power for a secured future.
He said the State’s Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) and the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) team, were fully on ground to counsel women and also provide free family planning services, ranging from condoms, implants and injectibles for interested individuals at the festival ground and in all primary health care centres across the State.
He revealed that the State was working in collaboration with The Challenge Initiative (TCI), to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate, assuring that all available methods were safe and without health risk to the consumers.
In their separate remarks, beneficiaries, Mrs. Abosede Odumade and Ganiya Olajide, appreciated the State government for utilising the festival to bring family planning services closer to the people, saying they would encourage members of their communities to embrace family planning by visiting any health care centre closer to them.