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Cross River State Empowers Women on Reproductive Health

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Cross River State Empowers Women on Reproductive Health

The state is committed to creating an enabling environment in terms of the need for proper regulation and guidance from our healthcare providers and end users.

CALABAR, Nigeria, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

As part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) in Nigeria, the Cross River State Ministry of Health (CRSMOH) recently conducted an orientation for health workers on the need to encourage women to adopt a national self-care / self-injection plan. .

The training in Uyo, Cross River State was facilitated with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. The main objective was to strengthen access to self-care / self-injection innovation in Nigeria and to educate front-line healthcare workers on self-care guidelines for sexual and reproductive health. Emphasis was placed on scaling up depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC) self-injection.

Nigeria, in November 2016, approved injectable contraceptives for users to self-inject in hopes of improving access to family planning services, especially in hard-to-reach settings. However, uptake of family planning services in Nigeria remains low as analysis from the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey shows that 19% of married women have an unmet need for family planning – 12% want to delay motherhood, while 7% want to stop having children.

Speaking to participants, Dr. David E. Ushie, Governor’s Special Adviser on Health, said that while the training addressed the needs of women, Cross River State would strive to improve awareness and utilization levels of the reproductive health interventions available.

“The state is committed to creating an enabling environment in terms of the need for proper regulation and guidance of our healthcare providers and end users to promote self-care guidelines. The concept and implementation of DMPA-SC would provide more family planning options for women of reproductive age and their partners in the public and private sectors in the 18 LGAs of the state, ”she said.

A confident Ms Chisom Emeka from WHO Nigeria, who was also at the training, noted that, “This orientation will improve access and acceptance of DMPA-SC, a self-injecting contraceptive, and improve the lives of many women who want to avoid pregnancy. in Cross State fluvial. It would also reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, “he added.

After the training, Ms. Eko Idam Edodi, a 34-year-old health worker from the Primary Care Center in the Biase local government area (LGA), highlighted that she now has information about self-injection that she will use to mobilize other women in her locality to embrace the highly beneficial practice.

“With this knowledge about DMPA-SC self-injection, I will help women make informed and positive decisions about their reproductive health. In addition, it will provide women of childbearing age with the opportunity to make reproductive health decisions for themselves.

The use of self-injection is cost effective, promotes privacy, saves time, reduces unwanted pregnancy / abortion. It will also allow women to space out the delivery and provide their children with the maximum attention and care they need ”, she concluded.

Self-injected contraception is an innovative practice in family planning that is transforming contraceptive access and use. The new self-injectable contraceptive, DMPA-SC, allows women to inject themselves in the comfort of their homes and provides three months of protection. It would make contraceptive use affordable, accessible, and preserve the confidentiality of those who use them. These would reduce morbidity in women and children and promote timely self-intervention.

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