By; MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has commended the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) for its efforts towards breaking the silence on family planning in the state.
Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo who made the commendation said in the past talking about family planning openly was a taboo.
Speaking at the Annual Review Meeting of the Kaduna Field Office of Nigerian Urban Reproductive and Health Initiative (NURHI), Dr Dogo said that no doubt NURHI deserves commendation for breaking the silence in the state.
” Talking about contraceyptive in the social, religious and family circles was like a taboo before the coming of NURHI to the state. So, NURHI deserves commendation for breaking the silence. Previously, you hardly discussed contraceptive openly but now it’s being discussed by community leaders, religious scholars, even in our homes.
“Everyone of us knows the importance of child birth spacing to the health of mothers. It makes them look healthy, eat well, Aside that, we have so many young people that we don’t have enough adults to take care of them. That kind of population is unhealthy.
“Now, how do we achieve the desired 48 per cent and the national target of 36 per cent Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in Kaduna? Those of us implementing government policies must be very aggressive and leave no stone unturned. We must harass those we need to harass to ensure that, we implement the budget for family planning”, he said.
Dr Manya also commended other development partners in Kaduna State for making the state a shining examples to other states through their contributions.
Earlier, Deputy Project Manager of NURHI Nigeria, Dr. Olushina Olulana said, NURHI depends largely on political will to succeed in the year three of the project.
According to him, they believe in the Kaduna State Government towards promoting contraceptives in the state.
State Team Leader NURHI Kabiru Abdullahi commended Kaduna State Government for pledging 100 million Naira to family planning.
He pointed out that Kaduna State remain the first in the country, particularly Northern region to committed such a huge amount for family planning.