Benue State Family Planning Advocacy Working Group (AWG) has lamented the inability of the State Government to release the 2021 N10 Million budgeted for Family Planning which it claim has contributed greatly to high Maternal Mortality in the State
The Chairman of the Group Dr Chisa Ugboaja who disclosed this during the two-day Group’s accountability meeting organized by Pathfinder International in Màkurdi the State Capital called on all Stakeholders to ensure the timely release of the 2022 FP budget to end Maternal Deaths in the State.
“The creation and timely release of FP budget will go a long way in averting Maternal Deaths especially in the hard to reach area”
In an address, the State Family Planning Coordinator Comfort Sor who informed that 159 persons were engaged in Community dialogue on the involvement of Male in FP practices.
According to her, “the Rotary International in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Human Services has also engage 150 persons in Community Dialogue on FP utilization and importance of attending Antenatal and Post Natal care as well as the importance of delivering in the Health Facilities, and male involvement in Reproductive Health issues to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths”
She said, ” 100 Community Health Extension Workers across the 3 Senatorial zones were again trained courtesy of Rotary International and the Ministry on the administration of Long Active Reversible Contraceptive.
The State Family Planning Coordinator also disclosed that 159 persons were as well engaged on Community dialogue on the involvement of Male in FP practices.
“We also have a step down training on Community Logistics Management System for 20 participants,10 medical doctors and 10 midwives”
According to her, We have also reach out to 13 selected LGAs across the state and 300 Ward health centers to push for Long Active Reversible Contraceptive and have clients placed on it by the UNFPA
Earlier, the representative of Pathfinder International Dr Yusuf Nuhu said the accountability meeting is to see how far the State AWG has gone in the area of FP activities especially the creation and release of budget and as well create advocacy tools that will be use to engage stakeholders on the issue of FP to see how the 2022 FP Budget will be released and on time.
He said ‘We will also develop a scorecard during the meeting that will help us to strategize on FP activities that will be carryout in the year 2022 and as way push through advocacy visit for the timely release of FP Budget and judicious application of the funds.