‘Patronising untrained family planning providers dangerous’

Women have been told to seek family planning services from designated government hospitals with trained providers to prevent possible complications and side effects.

Head, Ojoo Primary Health care Centre, Akinyele, Mrs Bolanle Mulikat Adeniran, stated that services by trained family service providers guaranteed that appropriate questions and examinations could be done to avoid complications or side effects such as headache, heavy bleeding and injection-abscess.

She declared: “They will just ask them for what they want and give it to them. But they may come back with complaints.

“For example, if someone with high blood pressure is giving a hormonal method, it will shoot up the blood pressure and they won’t be able to manage it.

Mrs Adeniran said with family planning mobiliser and the refurbishment and re-equipment of the centre by NURHI, the centre’s client had increased from 20 in a week to about 100.

Mrs Olufunmilola Obisesan, a community health worker at Abidiodun Primary Health Centre, stated that provision of family planning services included the counselling on family planning methods and sexually transmitted infections.

Mrs Olayemi Akinboade, also a community health worker, stated that the 72-hour makeover of the Abidiodun Primary Health Centre had increased patronage of the facility from about six clients to 70 people per month.

She urged women to stop listening to myths and misconceptions on family planning, adding that if they sought services from a well-trainned provider, they would be told everything they needed to know about family planning and would be perfectly okay.

Meanwhile, religious leaders have been urged to understand the challenges young people face particularly about their reproductive health and their body

Mrs Adesola Fanimokun, Youth programme officer for NURHI 2, speaking at a capacity training workshop for faith-based leaders urged them to help encourage parents to create a friendly environment where young people can speak to them and give them life planning.

She added, “young people need to learn from their parents’ experiences and how they were able to overcome such challenges.

“Access to reproductive health for youths is very low, We need all partners, all stakeholders, religious leaders, parents to come up, to bridge this gap of accessing information from young people.

According to Mr Tunji Samuel, senior programme officer, Advocacy and Demand Generation, NURHI Oyo State, “they are important at the community level that is why we think that it is so important for them to have this kind of training for them to cascade it to other people.”

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