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Pathfinder International harps on importance of contraceptives

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Pathfinder International harps on importance of contraceptives

By Ikenna Osuoha

Dr Amina Dorayi, Country Director, Pathfinder International, says contraceptives are imperative not only to regulate the population, but also to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Dorayi, who spoke at a media roundtable to commemorate World Contraception Day in Abuja on Monday, said contraceptives remain essential to contain the growing rate of demographic problems in the country.

“We have seen that with many challenges in Nigeria, our population growth is not commensurate with our infrastructure.

“The cases of rape, incest caused by the COVID-19 lockdown also show us the importance of contraceptives,” she said.

The country director who described contraceptives as an inevitable commodity in sexual activity said he was as old as the world.

Dorayi expressed Pathfinder International’s commitment to always telling people how and where to get contraceptives for a healthier country.

Additionally, Dr Selina Bello, Reproductive Health Advisor, Pathfinder International, said World Contraception Day aims to promote informed decisions about births.

Bello explained that it was intended to ensure planned and safe deliveries as well as to give women access to sexual and reproductive health rights.

She therefore called on the media to continue advocacy and public awareness of the importance of family planning.

According to her, the media are very important in setting the agenda and advocating for adequate funding for family planning.

Pastor Godswill Michael, a facilitator who spoke from the perspective of the Christian religion, said family planning is paramount in creating stable, safe and healthier homes with resourceful children.

Michael affirmed the approval of contraceptives in the church among married men and women for family planning.

He said, however, that it was not approved for single men and women because it was fornication.

Mallam Murtala Abdulrahman, an imam who also spoke from a religious perspective, said reproductive health, which was the key to human health, was very central in Islam.

Abdulrahman said that family planning is not prohibited in Islam but practiced through natural means of lactation and concern for the health of the mother.

Ms. Deborah Mamman, a youth activist, called for the introduction of sex education in schools to enable adolescents to know their sexual reproductive rights.

Mr. Precious Anselm, a service provider, called on the company to help adolescents build confidence in seeking sexual reproduction services.

Source: NAN

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