Towards eliminating preventable deaths and improve the well-being of women of child bearing age, Ogun State Government has promised to continue to invest in programmes that would directly address maternal mortality and unwanted pregnancies among young adults in the State.
The Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Board (OGPHCDB), Dr. Elijah Ogunsola, stated this at a 3-Day Training on Media Advocacy for Family Planning in Ogun, organised for media practitioners, Social Media Influencers and Press Officers from relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), by The Challenge Initiative (TCI), in collaboration with Development Communication Networks (DevComs), in Abeokuta.
Dr. Ogunsola, represented by the Director, Primary Health Care, Dr. Salmot Sanni, noted that Media Advocacy would go a long way at ensuring that accurate information was passed to dispel myths and misconceptions about Family Planning (FP), reiterating the importance of media in creating awareness and dissemination of messages on Child Spacing.
“Maternal health is very important and the plan of the State is to eliminate all the preventable maternal deaths by investing in Family Planning and other programmes that will directly and indirectly address unwanted pregnancies which usually lead to unsafe abortion and deaths amongst women of child bearing age”, he said.
He added that the State was committed to ensuring that various FP methods available were intensified, in order to increase the Contraceptives Prevalence Rate (CPR), through sensitisation, emphasising that workers had been adequately trained and equipped to deliver optimum service in all public health facilities across the State.
Media Consultant, Development Communication Networks (DevComs), Mr. Mayowa Adeniran, said that the objective of the training was to establish media advocacy and strengthen the skills of media practitioners on effective reporting of maternal and child health issues, with focus on FP, urging participants to initiate and sustain its discussions through various platforms and programmes.
The State Programmes Coordinator, TCI, Mrs. Busola Oyeyemi, said the media plays significant roles in influencing policy change and amplifying the people’s voice, emphasising that equipping practitioners with adequate information would empower them to provide necessary information to the public, for improved health for women and children.
Participants at the training, Dupe Kaka and Kunle Olayeni, noted that statistics had shown the need for media practitioners to lend their voice in creating more awareness and increased uptake of FP, promising to use the knowledge gained to improve the State’s CPR.