As part of efforts to create awareness on the importance of family planning , the Development Communication Network, Devcom and The Challenge Initiative, TCI are intensifying awareness through partnership with media organizations.
The groups led journalists to some Primary Health Care centres around Jos north local government area of Plateau state to discuss with service providers and clients on the services they provide and the benefits to the clients.
First point of call by the team of Journalists was the Township PHC where the service provider, Mrs. Ladi Godwin Diyal explained that though some people have seen the need to plan their families, more awareness is still needed.
She noted that they have mapped out strategy for indoor and outdoor sensitization on family planning within their jurisdiction.
She mentioned some of the services they provide to includes counselling, implant, barrier method, injectable, Intrauterine Device, popularly call IUD, male and female condoms among other services
Mrs. Diyal debunked the claims by some few individuals that some women find it difficult to conceive after using family planning, saying they normally take the history of their clients t and do pregnancy tests before applying the suitable method of family planning to the client which has no negative effect.
For some women that sometimes experience abnormality in their body after taking family planning due to their body system, Mrs. Godwin revealed that such women are given some prescriptions and most of them always return with good reports.
When asked, if some women who during breast feeding do not see their menstrual cycle can still go for family planning? Mrs. Godwin encouraged such women to still go for family planning as they may still conceive even while breastfeeding.
A 25 year old client who visited the centre with her 10 months second baby, said her husband consented to the family planning because he also understands the importance.
The team also visited Dogon Agogo PHC and interacted with the service provider, Mrs. Angela Pam who said she was amazed with the number of both men and women that come for family planning services daily.
She explained that sometimes they are faced with the challenge of scarcity of the commodity in the facility but said they have forwarded the complaints to the appropriate body, which has assured them of release soon.
The service providers all encouraged the public to consider family planning also known as child spacing to enable them raise children they can care for and be proud of always.
The Challenge Initiative, TCI partners with the Plateau State Primary Health Care Development Board especially in the areas of renovation and equipments, which has given many family planning centres in some PHC in the state a face lift.