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Health News of Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Source: www.dailytrust.com

48m Nigerian women lack access to family planning services - NGO

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An international non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria, has expressed concerns that about 19 per cent of active women of child bearing age, representing about 45 million, lack access to family planning and sexual reproductive health services in the country.

Country Director, Marie Stopes Nigeria, Effiom Effiom, spoke in Abuja Monday during a two-day sexual reproductive health workshop his organization, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, organised for traditional and religious leaders.

He said lack of access to facilities for family planning and sexual reproductive health services, lack of commodities at health facilities, coupled with other traditional and religious barriers has contributed to the high maternal mortality rates in the country.

Effiom said the workshop was organised to engage traditional and religious leaders to appreciate critical issues affecting provision and uptake of quality reproductive health services.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mamman Mahmuda, said traditional and religious leaders had a role in promoting advocacy and supporting demand generation for sexual reproductive health services and rights to reduce maternal and infant mortalities in Nigeria.

He said lack of access to facilities for family planning and sexual reproductive health services, lack of commodities at health facilities, coupled with other traditional and religious barriers has contributed to the high maternal mortality rates in the country.

Effiom said the workshop was organised to engage traditional and religious leaders to appreciate critical issues affecting provision and uptake of quality reproductive health services.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mamman Mahmuda, said traditional and religious leaders had a role in promoting advocacy and supporting demand generation for sexual reproductive health services and rights to reduce maternal and infant mortalities in Nigeria.

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