By Joseph Kanjo, Benin
The need for more family planning in the society has once again been emphasised particularly in this period when the Nigerian society and by extension the world is faced with economic hardship.
Mrs. Omorere Adesuwa, Chief Nursing Officer and Officer in Charge, Oko Primary Health Care Centre in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State made this assertion, Thursday, when members of Media Advocacy Group, Benin, paid a visit to the facility.
The Chief Nursing Officer who welcomed the Group warmly at the instance of Challenge Initiative, TCI, said people have been coming to the centre for family planning and life planning, adding “We chant the need for family planning when mothers come for post-natal care.We sing child spacing even when husbands come with their wives. “
On the sexually active youths, Nurse Omorere said they do advise them to abstain from sexual intercourse whenever they have the opportunity to interface with them, adding that when they insist or cannot do without sex they advised them to go for any of the various life planning suitable for them.
She said the category of youth so active in sex in the in the state falls between age bracket of 15 and 24 years.
“For the sexually active youths, we sensitise them on abstinence, but when they insist, we counsel them on the available life planning methods – injectable, oral pills, implants, etc. The use of condoms by these youths is regular because of its dual purpose as a planning method as well as its effective role in prevention of Sexuallh Transmitted Disease, STDs,” she said.
Speaking on whether these youths are willing to dish out the sexual life with a third party, Mrs. Omorere said, “Confidentiality is key. If these young adolescents know they could confide in you, they will take your advocacy calmly. Yes, they may get pregnant, but it is our duty to make them understand that pregnancy is not the end of the road for them in planning their future. We counsel them, often times get across to their families and guide them on the actions that will be helpful in actualising their potentials and attaining the future of their dream,” she said.
The Chief Nursing Officer of the facility who bemoaned the effect of poverty on the rate of sexual activity among youths and adolescents, also cautioned on the use of abortion as a life planning method.
“Poverty and the crave for modern communication gadgets and others are culprits in the rate of sexual activity among youths. We all have a role to play in mitigating this development.
“Abortion is not yet legalised in our country, as such, we do not encourage it here. Abortion is risky, it is a blind procedure, and it could become septic if not properly done.
“While we don’t procure abortion here, we however administer Post Abortion Care (PAC) when we get the referrals,” she added.
She emphasised the need for training and retraining of hearth care personnel, noting that it is the key to good service delivery.
She noted that the outward disposition of help personnel could make the services poor, stressing that training and retraining are vital in service delivery.