COVID 19- Post abortion care,women in dare need,during lockdown: Expert
The lockdown directives imposed in almost every part of the nation had caused lot of nagetive impacts on many sectors of development in the country.
One of the areas affected in the Health sector, especially the aspect of sustaining Family planning and sexual Reprooductive health service delivery amidst covid 19.
In a presentation via webinar on zoom Marie stopes in collaboration with the Network of Reprooductive health journalists of Nigeria over the weekend,the country director of Marie stopes Mr Effiom Nyons Effiom said accessing FP commodoties during the lockdown period was a great tool of addressing the challenge of child birth spacing as well as post abortion care.
He said the demand for short term contraceptives method has risen drastically from 1,519,546 to 1,903,081.
According to Effiom this was a clear indication that lots of sexual engagement had occured during the lockdown period,leading to unwanted pregnancies ,hence the need for unsafe abortions arises .
The country Director noted that about 22% increase of clients who visited Marie stope supported facilities was witnessed accross the nation.
Shedding lights on the how effective the opening of facilities centers during the lockdown for the provision of Reprooductive health services,Effiom explained that 793,601 unintended pregnancies were prevented,which lead to the prevention of 3,968 Maternal Death.
The country director added that intervention of marie stopes accross the country shows that there was the need on authorities concerned to strengthen family planning service delivery, for the stated objectives to be achieved.
On his part ,the Director reprooductive health unit, federal Ministry of health Dr Kayode Afolabi explained measures embarked by the federal government in ensuring commodities were provided in government facilities aimed at achieving the desired goals.
The webinar meeting was joined by members of NRHJN from almost all the states of the federation,and other stakeholders.