World Contraception Day: Government to commit funds towards family planning – Wali

Lorine Emenike

In commemoration of the 2019 world contraception day, the Permanent Secretary of Rivers State Ministry of Health, Mrs Caroline Wali has said the state government would continue to commit funds towards implementation of family planning.

World Contraception Day which is marked on 26th September is the annual worldwide campaign which was launched in 2007 and centres around a vision where every pregnancy should be wanted.

The theme for this year event is: IT’S YOUR LIFE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

She said that the World Contraception Day’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. These ultimately contribute to an increase in contraceptive prevalence rate within the locality.

“Family Planning is, therefore, a necessary investment toward realizing demographic and socio-economic dividends. The demographic dividend is tied to the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the share of the working-age population (15 to 64) is larger than the non-working-age share of the population (14 and younger, and 64 and above) this is the desirable shift.

“Government will continue to commit resources towards the implementation of family planning programmes in the State, and appreciate the support of Implementing Partners;
TCI- The Challenge Initiative
CHAI- Clinton Health Access Initiatives
MSI- Marie Stopes International, Nigeria.
ARFH- Association of Reproductive and Family Health
PSI- Population Services International and Civil Society Organisations; Knit Together Initiative (KTI)
Centre for Women Health and Adolescence Development (CWHAD)

“Men, women and young people are advised to embrace family planning and enrich themselves with information and available services in our facilities as this will lead to a healthier and more productive life.
It’s your life; it’s your responsibility”.