Reproductive well being stakeholders in Niger State have raised fears over poor funding for family planning and extreme funding shortages to Baby Spacing Advocacy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic response within the State.
The specialists say extra women may lose their lives from complications resulting from reproductive well being and pregnancy complications.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by the group on the weekend and signed by the Undertaking Director of the Centre for Communication and Reproductive Well being (CCRHS), Dr Aliyu Yabagi Shehu.
“From 2015 to 2020 about N250 million have been allotted within the state price range to family planning however solely N17.5 million have been launched making it solely 7%.”
Expressing fear on the finish of a technical working group assembly on Baby Spacing and the Adolescent Youth Reproductive Well being within the State, the group said that if nothing was finished to handle the difficulty, the State may not meet the Contraceptive Prevalent Fee (CPR) goal of 25 per cent by 2020.
“For Niger State to reap optimistic well being indicators there’s the necessity to do extra for the inhabitants by way of elevated funding and entry to family planning companies and lowering inequities within the well being supply system,” they stated.
They lamented that the lumping of family planning price range with the price range of different programmes in Niger State well being price range has led to insufficient fund releases to family planning, arguing that, “this has elevated prospects of complications and demise amongst women of reproductive age within the state.”
The communiqué additionally reminded the Authorities of its 2017 dedication of accelerating the state CPR from 6 per cent to 25 per cent, insisting that the Contraceptive Prevalent Fee is the determinant issue to women dying on account of reproductive well being and pregnancy complications.
The specialists additionally requested the state authorities to indicate extra dedication in the direction of tackling the rising inhabitants progress and curbing the risks of obstetric complications amongst women.