The Coordinator, Kwara Family Planning Unit, Ministry of Health, Hajia Bilkees Ibrahim, has revealed that the state recorded 47,007 Family Planning adoptions from January to June 2023.
She made this known on Tuesday in Ilorin, during a news conference organised on the sidelines of the commemoration of the World Contraception Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the day is marked annually on September 26, with the mission to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available.
The theme of this year’s World Contraception Day is, ‘The Power of Options’, which enables young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
The FP coordinator added that about 75,848 have been counselled on family planning choices.
She appealed to women of reproductive age to take good care of themselves by embracing healthy childbearing space.
Ibrahim said the importance of the day centres on creating awareness about various types of FP methods women can access for their health benefits.
“The day is meant to increase the uptake of family planning kits. When patients make informed decisions through counselling, healthcare providers will examine the body system before providing the client with specific contraceptives,” she said.
According to her, the unit mobilises clients from the community into the facility, embark on outreach to communities, dialogue with men and women of reproductive age and offers FP services to them.
She however stated that no contraceptive method is 100 per cent effective.
The state coordinator lauded Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s efforts and commitment to improving healthcare service delivery in the state.
She observed that some people have misconceptions or myths surrounding family planning, adding that some people also think using contraception leads to gaining weight.
“Some also have the belief that if they are not menstruating and a man makes love to the woman, their penis will stop working or fall off.
“These are all misconceptions. Weight gain has nothing to do with family planning, it only depends on the body system. That is why counselling is important,” she said.
Ibrahim enjoined the people to utilise government-accredited health facilities whenever they want family planning.
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