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Maternal Mortality: Nasarawa Assembly to Enact Law on Family Planning

By Umar Abdullahi, Jos

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly says that it would enact a law that would give full legal backing to the family planning programmes in the state in order to tackle maternal mortality and promote healthy living among its citizenry.

Chairman house committee on health Hon. Mohammed Opkede (PDP-Doma North), stated, this in Akwanga on Sunday at the end of three days workshop on “Development of the Nasarawa State Implementation plan for Family Planning”.

News Now reports that the workshop was organized by Pathfinder International Nigeria and Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH), an NGOs in collaboration with the Nasarawa state government.

 Opkede said that the law if enacted would promote healthy living among the people of the state considering the enormous benefits of family planning to societal development. 
 He commended the NGO’s and the state government for organizing the workshop for the state’s stakeholders and called for its sustenance, adding that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

 “Nasarawa state House of Assembly belongs to the people of the state and we are going to do everything humanly possible as legislators through collaboration with the executive arm to support any programmes that would improve on the health and wellbeing of our people and Nigerians.

“A family Planning programme is a very critical area that needed attention because its importance cannot be over-emphasized to the development of the society as it will help in reducing maternal mortality and promote healthy living.

 “It also strengthens the health of the woman directly and the man indirectly as it enables the woman rests adequately in-between pregnancies and child delivery and enables sexually active women and girls protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies.
 “It is in view of this that we are ready to enact a law that will give it full legal backing in the state so as to encourage our people to embrace family planning for the overall development of the country,” he said.

The lawmaker reinstated the commitment of the Assembly to continue to enact laws that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

 Also speaking, Dr.Usman Adis, the Executive Chairman of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency assured that the state government is putting in place all the necessary machinery to take over full ownership and sustain family planning programmes in the state.

 Adis, who was represented by Dr. Madawa Absalom, Director with the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency, reinstated the state government commitment in addressing problems confronting family planning considering its importance to societal development.

Earlier, Aanu Rotimi, Yemi Osanyin, PACFaH and Pathfinder facilitators respectively said that the workshop was to help the state to develop a plan that would be implementable and usable in order to encourage family planning in the state.

 They also called on the state government to take full ownership by giving Family Planning programmes all the necessary supports in term of funding and by ensuring that family Planning contraceptives and other services are available in public facilities.

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