By JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
Journalists in Nigeria have being enjoined to always create story out of the things the society take as normal but post danger to their lives for them to be well inform.
The chairman, Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), Shehu Mohammed Makarfi made the call in Kaduna during discussion on Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) in Kaduna.
According to him, journalists have the responsibility of educating the general public on issues they are ignorant of and are threats to their healthy existence, hence the need for them to be committed in the discharge of their duties.
He noted that, they as advocates of PMA believe in curbing maternal and infants death through investments in child spacing especially in Kaduna State, which ratio is 1025 deaths per 100,000 live births and 69 deaths per 1000 live births respectively, according to a 2013 survey.
The chairman added that there are lots of advocacy projects planned by PMA to ensure that the message of child spacing is taken to people at all levels of life, especially at the grassroots through the media and other stakeholders in the state.
Earlier, in her paper presentation, Communication/Media Officer of Pathfinder International, Somto Atuanya who was one of the facilitators said there is an increase in the number of women that use traditional method of child spacing from 17.5 per cent in 2016 to 20.3 in 2017 while modern method moved from 16.7 to 18.8 per cent in Kaduna State.
According to her, two out of 10 women in Kaduna State have embraced modern contraceptive technique, which is move in the positive direction.
She also added that health workers have improved in child spacing service delivery and counseling.