Reproductive Health Journalists and other stakeholders have called for increase access to contraception among every Nigerian of reproductive age groups for quality population development.
The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists (NRHJN) in a statement to commemorate the 2018 World Contraception Day (WCD) noted, “every pregnancy in Nigeria must be intentional and no pregnancy must be allowed to just happen by any form of accident”.
In the statement signed by the president and national secretary of the Network, Roland Ogbonnaya and Yinka Shokunbi, the reproductive health journalists noted, “The Network as a key advocacy stakeholder calls on government and other stakeholders to join hands in closing the wide gap of access to all forms of modern method of contraception.
“The promotion of safe, accessible modern family planning methods to the last mile now in our country is therefore very crucial towards achieving the global goal of Family Planning by 2020 (FP2020) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs)”, the statement read in part.
Contraception is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse.
According to the Director of The Change Initiative in Nigeria (TCI), Dr. Victor Igharo: “Making access to quality contraceptive services and information should be treated as a human right because it changes and even saves lives of women and girls.
Igharo noted, “Government has the responsibility to make modern contraceptives accessible to women and girls most especially in urban poor communities in Low- and Middle-income Countries.
“Just as the Government has a major role to ensure uninterrupted provision of quality contraceptive services to its citizens, the women also have the right to demand for these services as part of their fundamental human right”, he added.
Similarly, Country Director of Ipas Nigeria, Barrister Hauwa Shekarau, equally pointed out, “The World Contraception Day 2018 more than ever before provides another golden opportunity to create awareness on the different contraceptive methods as well as reinforce the need for Nigeria to up her game with a view to ensuring adequate allocation of resources to engender availability and access to contraceptive commodities to women in all communities in Nigeria.
The Ipas Director emphasized “Every pregnancy should be one that is planned, wanted, loved and cherished. That way, we engender a happy and prosperous society. This has been the cornerstone of our work at Ipas”.
The global campaign on world contraception day is specifically to improve awareness of contraception. The goal is to allow women to make informed choices about their reproductive health, in the hope that every pregnancy is wanted and intentional and that every life is choice and not by chance.
The theme of the World Contraception Day- “Contraception: it’s your life, it’s your responsibility”.
There are about 15 different types of contraceptives which allow couples to enjoy sex without the risk of pregnancy. These contraceptive methods include: condoms, the diaphragm, the contraceptive Pill, implants, IUCDs (intrauterine contraceptive devices), sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy) and the morning after pill.