In a bid to increase contraceptive access among women of child bearing age, Ogun State Government has launched Depo Medroxy-Progesterone Acetate Sub-Cutaneous (DMPA_SC) document, a four- year accelerated introduction and scale-up plan for 2019-2022.
DMPA_SC, a newly introduced all-in-one-syringe (Uninjet), creating a single, easy-to-use product known as ‘Sayana Press’.
Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, speaking during the launch organised in collaboration with Pathfinder International, Nigeria and Family Health Initiative Ogun (FAHIO), in Abeokuta, said implementation of the document would assist the State in reducing Maternal and Child Mortality Ratio, as well as increasing its Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR).
Mrs. Abiodun who stated that Ogun being the first State in Nigeria to unveil the plan, said more women and youths would have choice to easily and discreetly self-inject themselves in the home and other convenient locations, rather than go to health facilities to access family planning services.
‘’Proper implementation of DMPA_SC guideline will expand access and accelerate progress towards meeting Nigeria’s National Family Planning Blueprint. Findings has shown that about 27,664 women of reproductive age have been on the contraceptive method, while 288 are on self-injection’’, she said.
She urged more women of reproductive age to embrace family planning, as means of promoting healthy family living, assuring her continued support at increasing its awareness.
In her remarks, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker said child birth spacing was not about women alone, but the family and society at large, noting that it allowed for couples the choice to decide the number and size of the family, which would also translate to socio-economic empowerment.
She added that the introduction of the DMPA-SC would encourage women to receive contraceptive in confidence.
In his presentation, the Program Coordinator, Reproductive Health, Pathfinder International, Yusuf Nuhu applauded the state in its efforts to improve the health and well-being of its citizen, saying Ogun was the first to fully domesticate the national policy that was developed for reproductive health.
Contributing, the Chairperson of FAHIO,Mrs. Kemi Balogun said the State was in a vantage position to achieve zero Maternal and Child deaths, when human and material resources, as well as fund were mobilized to provide family planning consumables among other necessities, for delivery of effective services.
Highlight of the event was the decoration of Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun and Dr. Tomi Coker as Family Planning Champions in the State.
Kemi Oyeleye and Adesola Ogunbanwo ,
Press Officers, wife of the Governor and OGPHCDB