Katsina — As Nigeria joins others to mark the World Population Day, the Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma has called on the traditional, religious and community leaders to propagate the use of family planning and child spacing among their subjects to achieve a healthy, prosperous and developed society.
Chief Duruiheoma represented by his State Director, Lawal Ahmed Mai'Adua to observe the day in Katsina state, said resistance to the family planning and child spacing have been deeply rooted in the cultural prejudices and wrong interpretation of the religious injunctions.
Mai'Adua said the two religion of Islam and Christianity enjoined parents to protect and cater for the health and well being of their children and same accorded to the mother.
He expressed dismay with the lack of access to the family planning services information which he said is largely responsible for the unmet need saying having army of uncatered for children as a result of the mothers are denied access to family planning services is neither short or long term interest to any community.
According to him, "the health status and general well being of our women and girl child have the capacity to influence our development process. This capacity is being undermined by their continued exposure to preventable phenomena of maternal mortality, unsafe abortions and early pregnancy which deny them the pursuit of educational and economic opportunities, all occasioned by lack of access to family planning services.
"Indeed, all the massive investments in building social and physical infrastructure healthcare education and other critical sectors of our national life will not yield maximum benefits unless the women and the girl child have unfettered access to sexual and reproductive information and services.
"The present situation in which access to family planning information and services limited is unacceptable and definitely counterproductive to our march towards suitable development.
"In spite of the immense benefits of family planning and child spacing to the individuals and the nation, there are still wide unmet needs globally and nationally. An estimated 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraceptives," Mai'Adua stated.
On his part, the State Team leader, MNCH, Abdullahi Y. Sule said it has renovated and work on going in 87 health facilities, Primary Health cares spread across 28 Local government areas of the state within the period of 2015 to May, 2017.
Hghlights of activities marking the day in Katsina state include, a match pass to the Magajin Gari of Katsina's office, out reach in communities and a stakeholders meeting on family planning in the state.