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Family Planing: Expert warns women against patronising quackery

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By Our Correspondent

As rate of unwanted pregnancies increase in the country and different complications arising from adoption of different child spacing methods by sexually active women, a health worker, Temitope Oyedokun has called on women seeking for family planning to desist from patronizing unregistered family planning centres, saying that this may have grave consequence on their health.

Oyedokun, who is the Chief Nursing Officer in charge of Obantoko Health Centre in Odeda local government area of Ogun State gave the advice while fielding questions from newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

She said, women that are still sexually active should not be ashamed of contacting registered and approved family planning centres when need arises, stressing that at such centres, they would be properly counselled and monitored.

She said, "all Our clients are properly attended to, they do not need to feel ashamed". 

"I want to advice our women to stop patronising unregistered family planning centers. They should go to a good family planning center, listen to advice and adopt a method that is suitable to their body so as to avoid complications that may arise from it". 

"Many of our women do take one drug or the other, but I will tell them to desist from this act, only qualify health personnel should be approached for family planning and any other health issues", Oyedokun said.

The family planning expert lamented that many women adopt family planning without telling their husbands, positing that this was not right. 

"Any woman that wanted to adopt family planning must seek for the consent of her husband. We are doing a lot of advocacies on this".

On the rate at which women adopt family planning, Oyedokun said, "while some have adopted it, some are still very sceptical. We cannot force them to adopt it. We will continue to enlighten them on the advantages derivable from its adoption".

" Since Odeda local government hosts two federal tertiary institutions, many of the females students in these institutions patronised us on their own volition". 

"Even nursing officers in these institutions also do come here to collect commodities from us. But despite that, we still engage some of them at least once in two months, but this lockdown has affected the engagement".

"We have more than enough commodities in our store here. The family planning is totally free".

She counselled mothers that have sexually active ladies at home, that they should not hesitate to give them sex education.

" As a mother, we should be the one educating our girls child on different methods to guard against unwanted pregnancies and how to play safe. They will not come to us, but as mothers, we should take that bold step so as to assist them in having a good future. So sex education is very key". 

She lamented that during lockdown, the patronage of family planning was very low, saying that this may lead to baby boom in the next few months.