Expert Urges Media Practitioners To Join Family Planning Advocacy

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Media practitioners have been implored to join the ongoing advocacy for family planning and life planning amongst youths and adolescent so as to have a better society.

Mrs. Patricia Osazuwa, Reproductive Health Coordinator, Edo State Ministry of Health, disclosed this in Benin at a 3-day seminar/training for journalists drawn from the electronic, print and online on the need for family planning in our sociaty and how best to disseminate such information.

The training for journalists was organised by The Challenge Initiative (TCI) in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health and facilitated by Development Communication Network (DevCom).

According to Mrs Osazuwa, about 32% of married women use not contraceptive and as such, ended up having unwanted pregnancy which subsequently leads to termination, stressing that such action a times leads to death.

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While encouraging women to visit health facilities where family planning provider will advise them on the best method that is suitable for then, the RA Coordinator emphasised that pregnancy termination as a result of unwanted pregnancy could lead to death.

“We encourage women to visit health facilities where they have these services so that they are examined, counsel, and thereafter they chose any of the methods that is suitable for them,” she added.

Speaking on the need for youths and adolescent to do life planning, Mrs. Osazuwa noted that though as a mother and expert, she preaches abstinence, the call becomes necessary bearing in mind that most youths and adolescent actively involve in sex including having multiple sex partners.

She added that rather than leaving them to come up with teenage or unwanted pregnancy, it is better putting them through the life planning methods so that they could be useful and more productive in the society.

She said, “When we say life planning, we know that adolescent are sexually active naturally from their reproductive development.

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We preach abstinence from sexual intercourse. But we have many of them who cannot but are sexually active, so, rather than having them take in teenage or unwanted pregnancy, we have to develop other methods that can prevent this unwanted pregnancy, so they can be more focus and become productive persons in the society.

Group photograph of participants at the training.

“By so doing, involvement of the media in the campaign will help us preach the message and spread it wide.”

On her part, Mrs. Biodun Owo, Lead Facilitator, DevCom, said the training was informed by the fact that a lot of things are going on about the health and development of women particularly the young ones and adolescent.

She emphasised the need to involving the media in disseminating correct and scientifically proven information about family planning; about live planning so as to disabuse the minds of people about some wrong beliefs about family planning.

She said, “So, we thought that it is very important that media practitioners be equipped with adequate information and the skills so that they can in turn disseminate these information to the public.

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“The public depends a lot on the media for information; the public believes in the media for information, so, we believe that if we take it from there-train the media and the media pushes these correct information out there, then the public will be more enlighten about the need for them to plan their families. And about the need for young people to also plan their lives, so that the future will be more better for them.”

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