Over 65,000 women access family planning in Delta

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The Delta State Government has disclosed that over 65,000 women accessed family planning within six months in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Jude Winful-Orieke, disclosed this in Asaba on Monday, at the World Contraception Day, with the theme, ‘Breaking Myths.’

He said, “The World Contraception Day, has been established by the United Nations Population Fund since 2007 and adopted by governments of nations including the Federal Government of Nigeria as an annual worldwide event. Here in Delta, over 65,000 young women have accessed contraception in the past six months in the state.

“Between January and June, 2022, Delta State reached a total of 65,737 people of reproductive age, with modern contraception.

“Out of the number, 36,237 were new acceptors while 29,500 persons came for revisit.”

He said that access to contraception would ensure reduction in incidence of unplanned pregnancies among young women in the state.

Dr. Winful-Orieke further noted that the event was centered on improving awareness on the importance of contraceptive use by people of reproductive age, saying, “The goal is that every pregnancy is intentional, desirable and safe.”

He noted that contraception allows people of reproductive age to plan child bearing with the reduction of high risk pregnancies, maternal and child mortality.

On her part, Reproductive Health Coordinator, DSPHCDA, Dr. Weyinmi Francis, said the event was to ensure that people plan their families in the state.

According to her, the people of the state had embraced family planning stating the essentiality for all citizens to embrace it to ensure happy and healthy family living.



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