Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Mrs Oghenekome Obaro, a Trader and a user of family planning, said that she was a victim of unwanted pregnancy.
Obaro, who spoke to newsmen on Thursday at Oleh Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state, said she became pregnant nine months after her first born.
She said that the development was not good for the family as the two children came in a quick succession looking more like a twin, so she opted for family planning to properly space out her children immediately after her second child.
“I was a victim of unwanted pregnancy, I becoming pregnant after nine months of delivery which was not an easy situation for me to manage.
“As you can see, this is my second baby and because I had her in quick succession, it was tough for me to manage the children and to also do other things to support the family.
“My husband is in support and he personally brought me here at the Primary Healthcare Centre to take the Family Planning policy to prevent sudden and unplanned pregnancy
“My advice to other mothers facing similar situation is to take the family planning; it is safe, good and will help the mother to save more and have good health to deliver other children”.
Also, a mother of three with an unmet need for Family Planning was referred to a PHC in the area after being educated on the essence of child spacing during an interview by journalist at the Market in Oleh to ascertain the level of Family Planning awareness in the area.
Speaking on the awareness and level of compliance to family planning, Mrs Atedez Aforke, Reproductive Health Officer, Oleh, and Mrs Mario Akpono, Chief Nursing Officer, PHC Ekiugbo-Iyede, Isoko North LGA of the state affirm rising number of users of family planning in the area.
They, however, said that family planning services are free but that the challenge of the programme was mainly that of adequate funding to meet the gaps on consumables.
They commended the donor agencies for supporting the programme while calling on the state government to provide additional funds to meet the need of the facilities in the area of reagents and other consumables used during pregnancy test among others.
They said that women in the communities have been sensitized on the need to take up family planning and also on how to stem the spread of the COVID -19 disease in the area during the anti-natal.
According to Aforke, the facility has not recorded any case of Coronaviuse (COVID-19) but had recorded an increase in the uptake of family planning during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.
“As you know we have the surge in family planning up take during the lockdown because of family closeness and intimacy during the period.
“In a month, we record no fewer than 80 users from our list during the lockdown which is an increase compared to 60 and below that we use to have monthly before the lockdown.
“Our challenge is that of shortage of commodities, we had expected that the state would have supplied us but we are still waiting.
“We also have challenge of consumables, though family planning is free but in terms doing pregnancy tests to be sure before given the family planning service; we have to buy needles and syringes among others.
“We improvise, we cannot deny any woman of family planning services because she cannot forgive us if she comes down with unwanted pregnancy”.
On her part, Akpono said, “the up take of family planning in Isoko North has steadily rise in the area as new users come in motherly even during the lockdown period.
“Our monthly average of users is 20 with age brackets of between 19 years and 46 years of age with some of the women a single parent.
“For the married women, only about one percent of them have issues with their husbands; I recalled that one of the husbands called me to warn that his wife must not take family planning but after adequate counselling, he saw reasons and gave approval.
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