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FG sets goal for contraceptive prevalence

The Federal Government has set a target of 27% modern contraceptive prevalence rate by 2030, to gradually increase it to 65% by 2050.

The policy is aimed at aligning the rate of population growth with that of economic growth, in order to ensure even development across the country.

 The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire announced this at the bi-monthly ministerial briefing in Abuja.

According to Dr Ehanire, the acceleration of the implementation of fertility control interventions, improving family planning and child birth spacing will scale up meaningful control of the country’s population growth, thereby stabilising the economy.

The Executive Secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, represented by a Director in the Agency, Dr Nneka Onwu, the Agency has over 74 Million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine.

According to Dr Onwu, the Johnson&Johnson vaccine is over 15 million doses, with the AstraZeneca vaccine just over 20 million doses, and Pfizer more than 21 million doses, while Morderna is about 16 million doses.

While urging eligible persons to take the shots, she insisted that the NPHCDA’s target to vaccinate 70% of eligible Nigerians by the end of the year was on course.

Dr Onwu added that cases of racketeering  recorded in Lagos, Kaduna, Plateau and Bayelsa states, as well as the FCT, were been addressed by security Agencies.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor