A group under the aiegis of Center for Family and Reproductive Health Support Initiative, a Family Planning Advocacy Working Group in Benue State has attributed lack of Funds and other consumable for ineffective service delivery.
This is even as the Vice Chairman of the Group Dr. Chisa Ugboaja also lamented on the shortage of skilled FP service providers to Healthcare facilities across the State which they said is a another major set back.
Dr. Ugboaja who made this known during the Benue FP Stakeholders meeting held at the Benue Hotels and Resorts Màkurdi to deliberate on issues affecting the success of the Programme appealed to the State Government to trained more staff in the area of Family Planing to save the lives of Women especially at the rural areas.
According to her, “only 50 staff are trained by the Benue State Government to provide Long Active Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) to consumers to the 418 Health facilities across the 23 LGs which is grossly inadequate, at least it should be increase to one personnel per facility”
While commending the Benue State Government for creating a budget line for FP, Dr. Ugboaja also noted with concerned the training gap as well as lack of consumables, distribution, logistics and data management especially in the hard to reach areas to enhance service delivery, adding that there is every need for timely release of budgeted fund and even increase funding of FP due to dwindling release from partners.
In his remark, the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services Dr. Joseph Ngbea lauded Pathfinders International for their efforts to support the well-being of Citizens of the State especially women in the past five years.
Represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr. Terna Kur, the Commissioner call on all hands to be on deck to ensure that the dedicated budget line that had been created for family planning is sustained.
Earlier, Program Officer for Pathfinders International, Yusuf Nuhu stressed the need to prioritize advocacy and accountability for the implementation of basic healthcare provision fund.
He added that Pathfinders International which and been the funding partner for the FPAWG in the last five years would be winding down its support to the group this year, hence the need for the group and all stakeholders involved to ensure the sustainability of the group activities.
Also Speaking the State Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Board Dr Bem Ageda decried lack of synergy between the stakeholders involved in FP and the Board both in the State and at the LG to enhance effective supervision and monitoring of the commodity to stem the tide of diversion and called for a change.