The Federal Government has launched Nigeria’s Family Planning 2030 Commitment and other Reproductive Health Policy Documents in Abuja.
This follows a United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF report which says; about Fifty percent of Adolescent Girls in Nigeria become mothers before the age of 20.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who performed the launch, said the family planning, FP, 2030 commitment and other documents was a demonstration of Nigeria’s efforts towards increasing access to family planning services in the country.
Dr. Ehanire explained that the Federal Government was dedicated to continuing the journey of the FP partnership and setting in motion the process of charting a way forward towards long term sustainable family planning services as an integral part of the overall reproductive, maternal, newborn child, adolescent, and elderly health plus nutrition programming.
‘‘It is estimated that about 50 percent of adolescent girls in Nigeria are already mothers by the time they celebrate their twentieth birthday. Efforts are ongoing to leverage additional domestic resources and harness potential within our youthful population through a concerted and coordinated mechanism of multi-sectoral players in the area of health, women affairs, education, gainful employment even within the humanitarian crisis because insecurity has impacted negatively on the health and education of girls and adolescents.”
The Minister of women affairs and social development, Pauline Tallen, called for more efforts at sensitising Nigerians in the grassroots on family planning.
The Chairman, Honourable Commissioner for Health Forum, who is also the commissioner of health in rivers state, Dr. Betta Edu on behalf of the Forum promised to champion the full implementation of the documents to the benefit of Nigerians.
Goodwill messages from the United Nations Populations Fund, UNFPA, African Health Budget Network, and other stakeholders were geared towards channeling more funds to the successful implementation of the document.
Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo