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Friday, February 15, 2019

Family Planning: Expert laments Nigerians reluctance to long active methods - NaijaAgroNet

Family planning expert and a Co-Principal Investigator PMA2020 Nigeria, Dr. Funmilola OlaOlorun of Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, has lamented Nigerians’ reluctance to the use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC), reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at the round 5 of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) survey presentation at a media briefing held recently in Lagos, by Pathfinders International, Dr. OlaOlorun also expressed dismay that many Nigerians are still very reluctant to the use of Long Active methods.

She equally told 
NaijaAgroNet the survey was facilitated by Johns Hopkins University and Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

Dr. OlaOlorun explained that the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC), are methods of birth control that provides effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action.

Also, she said, LARC comprises injections, Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs) and Subdermal-contraceptive implants to name a few.

“One in five women still have unintended pregnancy. People are still reluctant to use long active methods,” OlaOlorun said.

On Long Acting cum permanent methods among married women, she said, Lagos recorded 6.1 per cent in 2018, a slight drop from 6.3 in 2017

She urged for more participation and usage of long acting contraceptive methods will reduce frequency to health care centres.

The PMA2020 Lagos-R5 survey, she said, was conducted by the Centre for Research, Evaluation Resources and Development (CRERD) and Bayero University Kano (BUK), whereas the project also collected data from Anambra, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Rivers and Taraba States.

She stressed that the survey equally had support from the Federal Ministry of Health, National Population Commission (NPC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Lagos State Ministry of Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (Johns Hopkins University).

Isaac Oyimah/Editor

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